When we are adolescents we rebel against the rules and the restrictions that our parents place on us. We want to be independent, make our own choices, and have more freedom than they are willing to give us. It can all feel very restrictive and unfair. From the parents’ perspective, it is a hard balance of encouraging and developing that independence while at the same time giving the guidance of the wisdom that comes from experience. The freedom that they want is not always the thing that they need.
As we step into our next Jesse Tree moment, we see that Adam and Eve have a similar conflict. The tree that has been forbidden is very attractive, and they balk at the limits that have been placed on them. They eat the apple, (Adam was standing right next to Even the whole time not saying a word, by the way) and they are separated from God.
I am reminded of a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.” Freedom to do what God calls us to do brings much more life than just doing what feels good at the moment. Today, look and see where your true freedom lies.