“We just need a small Christmas tree,” my wife reminded me as my daughter and I went out the door a couple years back. So, when we arrived at Bill’s Farm Market, I was mindful to avoid the larger trees on display.
After looking over dozens of Balsam and Frazier firs, my daughter and I agreed on one that seemed the perfect size: not too big; not too small. I noticed the worker needed a little help hoisting the tree up on top of our car, but I didn’t think much of it. I was surprised again when I pulled the tree off at home and was almost knocked over by the weight.
We anchored it into the stand and started hauling it into the house just as my wife got home from an errand. It was then we all realized: this was the biggest Christmas tree we’ve ever had! It was too tall for our ceiling and filled most of our front window as this tree was shaped like Santa himself. It took all our strands of lights to cover it. What can I say? I underestimated the grandeur of our tree.
Likewise, I believe we all underestimate the grandeur of God’s grace. We’ve heard it’s amazing. We’re glad to be forgiven of our sins through faith in Christ. But as we learn more about God’s marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, we find there is still more grace to experience.
And there’s not just a little more grace than we thought, but “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We can “grow in grace” now (2 Peter 3:18) and know that eternity will be spent in “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). Grace is a gift so great, it wouldn’t fit even under our tree.