Snowflakes Are Unique!Posted on January 10th, 2011 No comments
In Job 38:22, God asks Job the question, ìHast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?î In today’s devotional,† 5 Snowflakes are Unique , Larry enters “into the treasures of the snow” and discovers how unique each snowflake is. Let’s enter with him and discover more of those treasures of the snowflake.
All snowflakes have the same basic construction: they are all hexagonal prisms, yet each one has itís own identity. It boggles the human mind, that with the trillions of snowflakes that fall every year, we are told that no two snowflakes are ever alike. This is difficult to comprehend, how there can be so much variation within the same structure. Physicist, Kenneth Libbrecht, explains this phenomenon by listing the various factors that go into making snowflakes Ö ìSnowflakes are formed inside of clouds, when water droplets freeze and become ice particles. Water vapor in the cloud gathers on the ice particle, causing it to spread into a simple hexagonal prism and then to sprout branches to form a more complex shape. From here, though, snowflakes take on shapes of their own. The environment inside of a cloud (the temperature and humidity) is constantly changing, so much so that it changes the shape of the snowflakes, sometimes from one second to the next. A crystal might begin to grow in one manner and then minutes or even seconds later something changes (temperature or humidity), so it starts to grow in another manner. The hexagonal symmetry is maintained, but the ice crystal may branch off in new directions Ö In the end, there are all kinds of forms that can arise: everything from prisms and needles to the familiar lacy snowflakes. It is indeed extremely unlikely that two complex snowflakes will look exactly alike. Itís so extremely unlikely, in fact, that even if you looked at every snowflake ever made, you would not find any exact duplicates.î
Amazing isn’t it? Now, let’s compare the formation of a unique snowflake with the formation of a unique human being. Not only do the physical variables of genetics, heredity, environment, and nutrition, play as factors in forming a human, but think of all the variables that go into making a person’s unique soul and spirit. In the IBLP seminar, Bill Gothard lists ten of these unchangeable characteristics that God designs into each one of us. These ten unchangeable factors make us uniquely different from every other person who ever lived. These “Ten Unchangeables” are: 1. Your uniquely created physical body, including the color of your eyes, hair, skin tone, your height, bone structure, etc 2. Your birth mother and father, 3. Your brothers and sisters, 4. Your Nationality 5. Mental Capacity, 6. The Time You Were Born in History 7. Your Gender, 8. Your Birth Order, 9. Your Race, 10. The Time You Eventually Die.
God has designed these things into every person who ever lived and these are the core variables that make you who you are. You had no choice with any of them. God designed these factors into you because they make you uniquely different from every other person. When we are discontent with any one of these variables, we are really revealing that we are bitter at God for making us with that particular characteristic we don’t like. This discontent will result in not trusting God to control other areas of our life. If you searched the world over and found somebody with everyone of those characteristics, you would have found yourself. No one else has them.
Why is it so important that God made you to be as unique as a snowflake?† Because that is your identity. God made you that way. Like Larry said, “He knows the number of hairs on your head, He ordains your steps, and He calls each one of us by name.”
“But now thus saith the LORD that created theeÖFear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called theeby thy name; thou art mine… And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel… The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name… And the LORD said unto Moses, Ö I know thee by name. (Isa 43:1, Isa 45:3, Isa 49:1, Ex 33:17)
God not only knows you, He created you for the same reason He created Adam – just for the love of it. God is madly in love with you, the unique person He created you to be, and He longs to interact with you as a man who has fallen in love with his bride-to-be. He is nuts about you – specifically you! But, when you sin, He is in sorrow because He loves you, and He cannot interact with you any longer. Sin cannot come into the presence of a holy God. When you repent, he quickly forgives your sin and joyfully receives you back into fellowship with Him. This forgiveness is like the new fallen snow. He takes away and covers your sin, forgets about it and doesn’t bring it up again. He makes you as white as a snowflake and you can experience His love all over again.
He is absolutely nuts about you and longs to be with you, you beautiful snowflake. There is no one like you. He has fallen in love with you, which means when He looks at you, all He sees is the good and the possibilities others cannot see. He overlooks your shortcomings. He doesn’t point out your faults. (That’s what “the accuser of the saints” does.)
God just loves you because there is no one else like you in the history of the world. All that matters to Him is that you be in His presence. There is the place where the abundant life is to be found. There is the place where He changes your character into His own. There is the place where you will find fullness of joy and pleasure evermore. There is the place where you can experience the deep profound energizing and refreshing love of God.† There is there place where all things become as new as a field with freshly fallen snow! Will you receive His love and forgiveness and become as white as snow?
Ponder these verse and let them water† and refresh your heart…
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool… Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves;… The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, he saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee… I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love … The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; Ö but because the LORD loved you… We love him, because he first loved us.” (Ps 51:7, Isa 1:18,† Ps 100:3, Jer 31:3, Ho 11:4, De 7:7-8, 1Jo 4:19)
You are a walking miracle! May you have a unique day like no other you’ve ever had, basking in His love for you.
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