Snow! Snow! And more snow! We had over 7 inches here yesterday. I wrote this post on The Longest Winter just a few short weeks ago sharing my longing to see the green of spring and we got A LOT MORE snow yesterday. It was actually the largest accumulation in our area in one storm so far this year. And I must add, hopefully the last!
Naturally, our thoughts were on snow. Many posted their thoughts on the snow on Facebook. “This is so beautiful but, how much more snow are we going to get? Can you believe this? Really, more snow?”
I spent time praying for everyone who had to be traveling and those whose job it is to keep our roads as snow free as possible. I spent time busying myself with things inside in order to avoid going outside. I even spent a few moments in between busyness inside watching a live stream video cam of the Bald Eagle parents that are sitting on two eggs in Codorus State Park. I watched them as they were covered in snow.
My mind was focused on “physical” snow. I was focused on my physical comfort and safety due to the snow, on how the snow was going to effect my plans; for the night, for the next day and quite realistically my longing for the green of Spring. I worried about our animals that are out in the snow.
Today however, God brought the snow to mind again but, in a completely different way.
I’m sure we all know that each individual snowflake is different, unique. Think about that! We have over 7 inches of individual , unique, not one is like any other, flakes! That’s awesome and amazing! Only The Creator God could make that possible.
But, the point that he really wanted me, and wants you to get, is that “we”, each and everyone of us, are unique. He created, and sees, each and everyone of us as one of a kind, individual, and different from the rest. You are uniquely you!
It is so easy to feel “alone”, “not seen”, “lost in the crowd”. Like just any other “snowflake” in 7 inches of snow. Do you see what I’m saying? When we think of the white stuff outside (ourselves) as just “snow”, we don’t notice the uniqueness, the individual beauty of each flake (us). We just see the snow.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
God created you to be uniquely you. He created me to be uniquely me. He created your best friend, your neighbor, your sister, your brother to be uniquely him/her. He “sees” you! You may not be appointed a prophet to the nations, but he “knows” you. Oh the joy and the freedom that come with being “known”! And the love that He lavishes on us as the result is comparable to nothing in this world! You are God’s handiwork by Lynnae McCoy is another great post on this subject.
“What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! – Luke 12:6 -7 (The Message)
You are valuable to him! You are loved! JUST AS YOU ARE! Forgive me for “yelling”, but this is important to know. It’s important to Him that you know. There is nothing that you need to “do” to be worthy of His love. Actually, there is nothing that you can “do” to be worthy of His love. You just are. You are inherently LOVED by God. He created you to be loved by Him. Yes, you read that right! He created you to be loved by Him!
Do you get it? Do you know you are “special”, that you are “seen”, “known”? Do you know God loves you? I pray you do. Even Christians who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ struggle with this at times. If you are struggling, get into the Word and read what it says about God’s love for you.
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.
– John 1:3 (The Message)
If you don’t know Christ and you want to, visit Peace With God. It will help you make that first important step into a personal relationship with God. Then find a Christian to talk to. It could be a pastor, friend or someone you know who is a Christian. Initiate that conversation. Don’t put it off! Find a church with Biblical preaching and start attending. Most importantly, get a Bible and read it! Visit www.billygraham.org. You will find an abundance of information and support there. I have also found that Lynnae McCoy has written a great series on knowing your identity in Christ.
Do you have a personal relationship with God? If not, do you want to? If so, please don’t put it off. If you do have a relationship with Jesus Christ, what is something that you can do to help someone else understand that God loves them?
“Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue. – Luke 15:7 (The Message)