Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Snowflakes

Have you ever thought about snowflakes? I mean, we all probably think about snow, at least if we live in a climate that gets any amount of it ever. But have you ever just looked and studied snowflakes?
Today they have been so beautiful coming down softly as a potentially pretty big winter storm moves in. My son and I were out on a couple errands earlier this and it gave me such joy to see him try to catch each snowflake he saw in his mouth. (Where did he even learn that? I haven't done that in probably....20 years...so it wasn't from me. Apparently it's one of those skills you just pick up along the way without people teaching you!)
Each snowflake is completely unique and designed a little differently than all the others. Snowflakes are a lot like each of us. We are similar to our neighbors, family and friends but each of us is entirely unique. We (generally) all have two legs, two arms, ten fingers, ten toes, a torso and head -- but then the exact way those are all situated, our skin color, stature, personality, age, opinions, thoughts and minds (etc.) are all a bit different.
While God could make all the snowflakes look the same, He chose to make them unique. If He takes that much care in each flake of snow, why don't we believe that He created us each individually with intention?
Reminds me of this passage from Matthew about lilies in the field.
"“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."  Matthew 6:25-34

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