And thus shall ye eat it: with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste.
And the people took their dough, before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders."
Exodus 12:8, 11, 34
Our Easter feast has always been designed to remind us of various points in the tale of the Exodus and the Passover. We eat lamb roasted on the grill, we eat spinach salad to remind us of the bitter herbs, and leeks to remind us of how the Israelites complained about missing the luxuries in Egypt.
This year, though, as Jim cleared the boxes out of the way so that we could eat at the dining room table instead of with our plates on our laps, he was reminded that there was one more similarity we could observe this year: We could be reminded that the Israelites were freed from bondage quite suddenly and had been warned by God to have their bags packed and ready to go when the time came to leave Egypt.
Our bags are being packed, too.
May we be open to God's leading on our journey as well.