Have you ever considered the snowflake? I have. I have a fascination with them. They say snowflakes are one-of-a-kind, like fingerprints. Can you imagine how many snowflakes are in a handful of snow? A yard full? A city's worth? And that's just in one snow fall. What about a winter's worth of snowflakes across the entire world? What about every snowflake that has or will ever fall? Can you imagine the diversity in each intricate design? The arms that are perfectly symmetrical and appear sparkling glass under a microscope. The bends and twists, the spikes and branches on a piece of floating, fluffy frozen water. Only God has that much imagination, that much creativity, that much timeless knowledge and wisdom. Only God could build a snowflake with each one having its own identity.
We are like the snowflake. Fantastic and unfathomable and fragile. Our lives are a moment in time, but that moment is all ours, there is no one like you ever made nor ever to be made. If God took the effort to make each snowflake with its own unique shape, how much more did he expend on you, his beloved, in His image? We forget, I think, how valuable we are to him. When the snowflake melts, what does it become? Streams and rivers, lakes and oceans. Life giving water. God created one-of-a-kind water droplets for you to drink. I can't fathom such love.
Dear beloved reader, do not sell yourself short. Do not think for a moment that you don't mean everything to Him. Do not let man and Satan, sin and evil, rob you of your worth. After all, He gave His one and only son for you.
Remember that the next time you look in the mirror and see only shortcomings and failures. Remember. It's hard, I know. But I promise, I will try and remember it too.
Here is a wonderful website if you would like to learn more about the science of snowflakes - http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/class/class.htm