This morning I was running a few quick errands before I met a friend for a coffee date as it started to softly snow. I was running to my car after dropping something off to Jack’s school when I noticed a tiny snowflake fall onto my shirt. Because it was the only flake that fell onto my top, it was very easy to notice it’s tiny, intricate form. How lovely this little snowflake was, and then…as quickly as it had landed, it melted into a tiny formless drop of water. It was indistinguishable.
As I approached my car door, I noticed the soft blobs of tiny, intricate snowflakes gathered at the base of my window. Piled on top and alongside each other, they were forming a lovely pouf of white that was withstanding the heat of the glass window.
And then I realized that life is a lot like snowflakes.
On our own, we are each tiny, intricate, beautiful creations of God’s. But if we remain alone, away from others, we are much more vulnerable. Quick to melt from the heat of life’s circumstances.
But if we fall on, around, near, other beautiful creations of God’s and we stay close together, allow ourselves to be lifted up, surrounded and insulated from the heat, the trials, the struggles of this world, we will be stronger, braver, and able to withstand much more than we can alone.
Maybe you feel like the lonely snowflake today. Maybe, as I do sometimes, though you are surrounded by many people often, you feel lonely. You might ‘know’ you have your own little snow pile around to fall on if you need them, but it feels so far away. Or maybe you don’t feel certain you have a snow pile to support you. Perhaps you know there’s a snow pile close, but you just don’t quite fit into it. Or maybe, you have little pouf of snow that you’ve landed in, but you still feel lonely.
He is there. He is holding you up, dear friend. Our Heavenly Father, who in His infinite wisdom, creativity and grace, creates no two snowflakes alike, is your landing place. He will insulate you from the heat of life and it’s circumstances that threaten to cause you to melt. You just need to ask.
And I promise He will respond with a soft, warm, loving place to hold you, lift you up and insulate you from the cares of this world.
And as you find your safe place, maybe you will find another lonely snowflake, and you’ll point them to their Creator too. And you can strengthen and support each other as you travel through this life together.