The twin brother and sister, Tim and Kim, stayed with their Aunt Kathy and Uncle Paul while their parents recovered from an automobile accident in a nearby Oklahoma City hospital.
“What’s that auntie?” inquired Tim, as he pointed in the direction of the river.
“Oh, that’s the North Canadian River, Tim. It’s the longest river here in the Shawnee area. You and your sister are not to go down into that area because it’s too easy to get caught up in the river’s swift currents. If that happens, you would drown because I won’t be able to get either of you children out.”
“Okay, auntie,” said Tim.
Soon Uncle Paul entered the room. “How are you and Kim doing?”
“I’m okay. Kim is okay but she misses mom and dad more than I do and she cries a lot.”
“Well, I went out and bought your sister this real nice doll and for you a B-B gun. I think at 10 years of age and being an Okie, like me, you ought to learn how to use a gun or a rifle and shoot it properly. I talked with your dad about it. He’s okay with it.”
Tim practiced in the nearly corn field but he was unable to hit the cans he lined up on a fence near the house. Getting discouraged, headed back to the house when he heard his aunt announce that dinner was ready. As he was walking towards the house, he saw Aunt Kathy’s chickens running around the yard. Out of impulse, he aimed his rifle at the chickens then pulled the trigger hitting and killing the rooster. At first he was elated then realized he had just killed his aunt’s rooster. Panic sat in. He went over picked up the dead bird and hid it in the barn—only to see his sister, Kim, watching his every move he made. She saw everything but spoke not a single word.
After dinner, Aunt Kathy said, “Kim, we need to wash the dinner dishes.”
“Auntie, Tim said he’d help you. Didn’t you?” Then Kim came by Tim’s chair and whispered, “Auntie’s rooster.” So Tim went ahead and washed, dried and put away the dinner dishes that evening.
After dinner, Uncle Paul asked, “Say do you kids want to go fishin’ on the river.”
“I’m sorry Paul but I need Kim to help me wash clothes. It’s not the hottest part of the day and I need to get this done right away.”
But Kim smiled then said, “Well, that’s okay ‘cause Tim told me he wanted to help you auntie,” and then she whispered, “Auntie’s rooster.” Kim went fishing and Tim stayed behind to help his aunt wash and dry four loads of dirty clothes.
After three days of Tim doing both his and Kim’s work, he was to the point that he could no longer take it. He went to Aunt Kathy and told her what he had done to her prized rooster. She looked at Tim who nervously kept his eyes fixed on the floor expecting to hear angry words and possibly receive a spanking from his aunt. To Tim’s surprise, she knelt down, brushed his hair back, then gave him a hug and said: “Timmy, I know what you did. You see, when you shot the rooster, I was standing at the window in the kitchen. I saw how frightened you were. I also knew it was an accident because you could not hit the cans you had shot at most of the afternoon just a couple of feet away. At first I was unhappy and angry but I realized it was an accident. But more than that I love you so I forgave you as God would have me to do. I was just wondering how long it was going to take before you would stop letting Kim take advantage of you.”
Many people, to include Christians, know God sees what he or she is doing. However, fear, embarrassment, belief that their sin is unforgivable or just plain defiance causes most not come forward to confess their sin. Jesus, while on earth by word and deed, forgave sin time and time again regardless of the perceived severity of the sin on the part of the sinner as well as the multiplicity. Because God loves, he gives you every opportunity to ask for forgiveness. Perhaps, He’s wondering how long you are willing to let satan and sin take advantage of you. The great aspect about God is that He not only forgives you, but when you confess your sin He forgets them—all of them! What a great deal!