by Joy Martin, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with snow. I think it’s beautiful when it’s fresh and white, and I love to watch it as it peacefully falls to the ground and covers the grass and trees for the first time. However, I am not a fan of freezing cold temperatures, and I don’t like ice. I guess you could say that I like the snow while I’m inside where it’s warm and, well, not so much when I have to venture out in it.
Last week I found myself driving to a meeting in the midst of a Nebraska snowfall. I was actually running a few minutes early that evening, and so I parked and called my sister to check in while I waited in the truck. As I was talking to her, I looked out of the driver’s side window to watch the cars driving by, but something much smaller caught my eye—a perfectly formed snowflake that had landed right my line of vision.
I told my sister about it as I examined more closely. I was in a dark parking lot, and because my drive had been a short one, the truck hadn’t really had a chance to warm up, leaving the windows icy cold.
As the single snowflake hit the window, the wind blew it flat against the glass. It was beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that it almost looked fake, like an illustration in a children’s book.
I stared at the tiny snowflake in awe as a second one hit my window and then a third and a fourth. One by one, the snowflakes appeared, and each one that landed was different than the one before. I marveled at the tiny details I could see—they were so delicate, yet they had each gently fallen to the ground from perhaps thousands of feet in the air to safely land on my window.
It is said that no two snowflakes are alike. And as I sat in my truck studying the snowflakes, I thought about that. From the small sampling I admired, I was amazed at how different each one really was. And then I marveled at the fact that I know the One who created each and every one of these tiny pieces of art. And just as He designed the snow to form and flutter to the ground, He designed each and every one of us. Every person who has walked the planet was lovingly created by our merciful God, and the same is true for the generations yet to come.
And if in His infinite wisdom, He is able to make something as simple as snow into a thing of rare beauty, certainly the same is true for His children. Psalms 139:14–16 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
See, my friend, you, much like a snowflake, are a delicate and beautiful piece of art. You have been created by God to reveal His glory to the world. And that is something worthy of our awe.