Sunday, 20 October 2019

M Michele's Musings

Snowflakes

(You are Special)

We are in the winter months and there is news of snow (not in Louisiana of course), television, cards and e-mails have been filled with beautiful winter scenes and dainty snowflakes falling from the sky.  I have been thinking about snowflakes (more accurately called snow crystals). Each snow crystal is individually complex, with its very own intricate beauty.  No two are exactly alike.  Snowflakes are amazing.  Created, quite literally, out of thin air and made of ice.  They form when water vapor condenses directly into ice in the clouds.  Beautiful snow crystal patterns form as the crystal grows and is affected by the conditions surrounding them.  Amazingly, there are seven principal snow crystal types (which are subdivided into 80 individual morphological types) and to these are added three additional types of frozen precipitation.  I am amazed at the things I discovered about "simple" little snowflakes. 

My thoughts and discoveries about snowflakes have carried me to various points.  We serve an awesome God who places little stories and truths into all of His beautiful creation for us to find truth and encouragement in them for our individual lives.  It is amazing that He cared so much that He created each snowflake and all of His creations with such complexity and awesome beauty.  Which leads to the thought: How much more effort has gone into creating each of us?  How much more is His care in making us, His most precious creation, special and unique?  Each and every one of us is filled with facets of beauty just as each snowflake is made up of facets of crystallized beauty.  The Bible tells us in Psalms 139, “For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother`s womb. I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.”   The Psalmist goes on to say, “My frame was not hidden from thee, When I was made in secret, [And] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, [Even] the days that were ordained [for me], When as yet there was none of them.  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”   Yes, He knew you while you were yet in your mother’s womb and He ordained your days.  His thoughts toward you are precious beyond measure and you cannot even count them.  


Snow crystals are ice and therefore they are clear.  However, when they reach the ground and the sun hits them, the way the light is reflected to the human eye they seem to be white. This is the white we see that blankets the earth on snowy days.  There is an amazing truth in this.  God sees all; He knows all.  We are transparent to Him.  He knows us with all our flaws and faults and yet He still loves us!  While we were yet sinners He sent Christ to die for us.  Yes, He loved us so much, He sent Jesus, His precious Son to be that propitiation for sin.  And when we are in Christ, born-again and washed in the precious blood of Jesus, He sees us as “white as snow.”  

The beauty and individuality of each snow crystal is made by the conditions (wind and temperature) it meets when it leaves the cloud and makes its way to earth.  God has the same plan in our lives.  The conditions we meet in this life and how we handle them will shape who we become.  We will face “winds of adversity” just as a snow crystal does.  We have a choice whether or not to trust God in the midst of the winds.  We have a choice to let God change us, bringing beauty or to become embittered by life. In 1st Peter 1 we are told, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, that the proof of your faith, [being] more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ:”   God’s ultimate desire is that we become more like His Son so that we will reflect His beauty to a lost and dying world.

Yes, like each snowflake, you are one of a kind, special beyond measure and so beautiful to God.  Beautifully individual with a complexity of your very own; chosen by God to fulfill a divine purpose that He has ordained you to walk in if you will let Him be Lord in your life.

Love in Christ, Michele
Copyright January 2006 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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