Last week much of the US was embattled with the “Polar Vortex.” News stations predicted record-setting low temperatures. In addition to the cold, many areas were blanketed in snow, making travel treacherous.
Despite the cold and snow, I braved the elements to make a few standing meetings I had on the calendar. It would have been easy to be irritated by the slush and mess, but honestly, all I could see where ever I looked were beautiful landscapes covered in fluffy white snow. Scraggly trees looked elegant under their white fluffy blankets. Footprints looked like art across unshoveled sidewalks. Houses, with puffs of smoke billowing from their chimneys, beckoned you to come on it. Lorelei Gilmore said it best when she proclaimed, “Everything is magical when it snows. Everything looks pretty.”
Snow, this amazing thing that has the power to make everything beautiful, is made possible only through the creation of millions of individual snowflakes. Each snowflake unique in design and structure, making each snowflake a beautiful work of art. Part of the magic of snow though is that it can only happen when the conditions are just right. We can’t simply start making snow in the heat of summer, it’s only when it’s cold, really cold, that snow is even possible. Of course, we all learned this when we were in 6th-grade science.
Last week though, as I sat and enjoyed a warm cup of coffee on my cozy couch, I couldn’t help reflect on God’s goodness and amazing plans. Like snowflakes, He created each of us as unique and beautiful women. Different from each other, but each with our own distinctive beauty. Some of us are short. Some are tall. Some of us have long, shiny hair, while others have wild curls to tame. Some of us lack a bit of volume control when we speak, while others could use a boost. Some of us are “just too much” or “not enough”. The beauty in the masterpiece is that we come in every possible configuration, just as our creator intended.
So why is it that for many of us, we spend our days trying to conform to be like someone else? Snowflakes don’t try to change its dendrites, or arms, to look like another snowflake. They are checking out the flake next to them thinking “Gee I wish I wasn’t so round.” or “I need pointer dendrites.” NO! They gracefully float through the sky embracing their beauty.
The desire to embrace our own uniqueness can be a hard one. For years, I fought my bright red hair and extra height, often standing taller than many of the guys and girls in school. I failed time and time again when it came to minding my tongue because I had the gift of gab but didn’t always use it appropriately. There are many things that make me who I am, and I’ve tried to hide, diminish, or ignore those traits far too often for the sake of “fitting in.”
In 1 Peter 4:10-11, Peter is writing to a variety of churches that were suffering from religious persecution. His words ring as true today, as they did those many years ago.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
I feel like I need to print this out and paste it post it all over to remind me and my kids this.
You are exactly who you are supposed to be. Let me say that again – YOU are EXACTLY who YOU were created to be. God may be working in you to mold and change you, not to become someone else, but to become who He designed you to be.
So use your gift of gab to glorify Him. Embrace your quirky style to show the world how God’s masterpiece doesn’t all look and dress the same. Let your extra-ness be a light to His goodness.