I stood in front of the majestic Christmas tree, it’s long branches reaching awkwardly in every direction. There was no uniform shape to it at all. It was oddly beautiful. It filled the living room with the heavy scent of cedar.
I reached out and touched the glistening white ball that adorned one of the spindly branches. “Be careful,” said Grandma. “It’s softer than an eggshell. If it breaks you could get cut.”
Mom and Grandma walked on down the hallway into the kitchen. I stood there and looked, Grandma’s words echoing in my head. I knew she was surely wrong.
I continued to look at that white ball that hung gently from the tree branch. I was contemplating my very first “remembered” sin.
I did it, I reached out and slowly put my fingers around the christmas ornament, the one that was supposedly thinner than an eggshell. I squeezed it, very softly at first, if that’s possible. I waited…..nothing. I increased the pressure ever so slightly. And then it happened.
I did it.
I broke it.
I broke it into what seemed like a million pieces.
Here came Mom and Grandma down the hallway. I knew I was in BIG trouble. They both grabbed my hands and turned them every which-a-way, making sure I hadn’t severed a major artery. “Thank God you weren’t cut!” they both proclaimed.
No, I wasn’t bleeding. I’d live to see another day….maybe. I waited for my punishment but it seemed they were just happy I wasn’t hurt. Shewww, that was close. I knew for sure I was in a heap of trouble!
The mess was cleaned up, and the visit continued. But that’s all of the memory I have for that evening. I’ve never forgotten it. But it’s the first time I specifically remember disobeying. And even after I did exactly what I was told not to do, Grandma and Mom forgave me.
The first sin in the garden. Genesis 2:17 (NIV) but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.
We are born into sin. Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned–
Even from a young age sin is in our heart. Genesis 8:21 (NIV) The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
Because of SIN, we need JESUS John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
In my little five year old mind, I knew what I was doing was wrong. The act was totally premeditated. The premeditation was in the disobedience, I definitely didn’t plan to break the ornament. In one evening I experienced both sin and forgiveness.
Adam and Eve experienced their first sin with the tree of knowledge. Mine was with an old fashioned Christmas tree. Sin is why we need a Savior.
The beauty of it all is that a Savior was born in a manger on that first Christmas. Matthew 1:21(NIV) “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
If you don’t know Jesus accept Him today. Wouldn’t it be awesome to spend Christmas morning as a child of the King! If you have accepted Christ but you feel far away from Him, He’s only a whisper away. Recommit to serve Him and to love Him. He’s waiting for us. Have a blessed Christmas this year!
Mikki Jo is wife to her best friend Ronnie, and she’s a Momma and Grandma. Her desire is to share God’s grace and her heart. She seeks deep spiritual truths in the simple moments of her day to day. Writing helps her to steady her soul when things are crazy. She loves front porch sittin’ with family and friends, bonfires, springtime, wildflowers and coffee.
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