A Lesson in Snowflakes

I’m currently donned in too many layers, snuggled up inside with my laptop, a heater at my feet, a goLite™ glowing artificially in my face, and a small cup of hot tea within reachHonestly, I’d rather be outside shedding layers of clothes while poolside, reading a book, feeling the natural warmth of the sun, and hoping not to topple over a tall glass of water.

I, along with the east coast, am hunkering down for snow to begin at any minute.

While I wish the snow would come and go faster than it can land and melt on my sidewalk, I thought it at least beneficial to consider the handiwork of this wintertime sensation.

Consider the following quote by William “Snowflake” Bentley in 1925 who spent his teen and adult years studying the intricacies of snowflakes:

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated (emphasis mine). When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

Bentley painstakingly drew, photographed, and microscopically examined the internal and external structures of snow crystals over the course of his lifetime.  He later claimed that life history was never written in more dainty hieroglyphics than in these miniscule forms.

Compare that to your life.  Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a “masterpiece of design”, but consider the following:

  • You are a unique blend of genetics
  • You are a unique blend of emotions and perceptions
  • You are unique due to your family of origin and upbringing
  • You are unique in your life experiences

Like the snowflake, you are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Unlike the snowflake, you have the opportunity to leave a lasting imprint on the world around you, regardless the season of your life. You leave behind a record.

Be mindful of the imprint you will leave behind – through the welcomed days with the warmth of happiness or the weathered days with unwelcomed storms – that will ultimately reveal the beauty of your unique life.

Do you need to be cleansed of anything that prevents your soul from being whiter than snow? Choose to take the first step that will wash away the dirt from a snowfall of long ago.  What is needed for your heart to glisten?

  • Reconciliation?
  • Confession?
  • Forgiveness?
  • Counseling?
  • Pastoral care?
  • Coaching?

With each step you take, the process of cleansing becomes easier.

Today will never come again. Nor will the opportunity to leave a lasting impression.

Remember… footsteps will follow yours and see the one-of-a-kind design you leave behind. Make it a “miracle of beauty.”






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