Snow danced in the light, a choreographed ballet conducted by the gentle wind. I watch the grace of each snowflake as they come together to create a fairy tale landscape. The sun captures the flakes just right, adding a glimmer of sparkle to the elegant dance. Together the snowflakes adorn the world like gift wrap that only spring will open.
Only winter offers a dazzling display of snow and crystalline ice that adds energy to the weary, grey sky. While many lament the season they see as bleak and barren, I find it so peaceful and beautiful. Winter prepares the world for the blooms of spring, and who doesn't love that?
In Psalm 139, David wrote, "You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside
and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother's womb. I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.
It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!" (Passion Translation)
Adding to the magic of snowflakes is the fact they are all unique. Each ice crystal has a unique path to the ground. They will float through different clouds of different temperatures and different levels of moisture, which means each ice crystal will grow in a unique way.
My friend, God made you as unique as a snowflake. You are a masterpiece, made in the image of your Father. Your eyes, the number of hairs on your head, the color of your skin, the talents you have, and the passions that drive you are what make you who you are, who God created you to be.
The world offers a cookie-cutter approach to life, telling us all that we need to be nearly the same. God provides the world the diversity of snowflakes as he formed each of us in our mother's womb. Choose to be that wacky, wonderful, sparkly person God created. If you don't, how can you fulfill the unique purpose He has just for you? Your unique story might just be the gift wrap someone needs to unwrap to find Jesus inside of you.
What is one thing you will do today that makes you stand out the way God intended?