Today’s Scripture: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

In 1637, French philosopher and mathematician, René Descartes, penned the first known detailed account of snow crystal structure. Three and a half centuries later, scientists still cannot fully explain how snowflakes form their unique shapes. One puzzle, scientists say, is snow crystals’ morphology, or shape.

In research labs and in nature, snow formed at different temperatures produced different types of crystals. Although most people know that snow crystals form just below freezing, many do not know is that at those barely subfreezing temperatures, the crystals take the shape of small plates. At just a few degrees less than freezing, pencil-like columns of ice appear. Around 5° Fahrenheit, flakes take the form of large, ornate plates. (information taken from National Geographic)

How does a snowflake relate to you as a Christian? It is a reminder that each event that happens in your life is molding you to be the unique servant the Lord wants you to be. Going through the changing temperatures of life isn’t easy, but sometimes, it is how the Master forms the most beauty.

Each time you look out at the snow this winter, remember something. Your God has created you, exactly how you are for a reason. The things you view as trials, shortcomings, insecurities, and weaknesses can be used for a greater purpose than you could ever imagine if you just let the Lord continue to work in your life. In God’s eyes, snowflakes, in their uniqueness and beauty, are just like you. Perhaps that is why He decided to make each one so hand-crafted and special.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.