Janet periodically comes up with something interesting for me to write about and today is one of those days. She was glancing at a magazine and noted a column on some fun facts about winter and the holidays. For example, if each person saved just 2 feet of ribbon to use again next year from a gift they receive, the country would save a collective 44,000 miles of ribbon next year. That was pretty impressive.
And then there was the story about the cost of the 43 foot tall faux evergreen tree at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. According to Guinness World Records, the tree cost $11 million and is made up of real jewelry, necklaces, watches and earrings that are on loan from jewelers. It is billed as the most expensive holiday tree in the world.
And then there was the article on snowflakes – my personal favorite. Apparently, back in 1885, Wilson Bentley, a Vermont farmer, took the first photograph of a snowflake that led to his hypothesis that each snowflake is different. The article went on to inform the reader that snowflakes were created when specks of dust in the atmosphere gather moisture until they are surrounded by billions upon billions of molecules that can be arranged in an infinite array of patterns. Finally, the article let us know that we really won’t know if each snowflake is unique until we get to heaven.
I like that last part – only God knows, and that isn’t something that we need to worry about while we are here on earth. And just like snowflakes, each one of us is unique – no two of us is exactly alike. Each of has has certain passions, styles and spiritual gifts that make us different from one another. Even identical twins have characteristics that differentiate them. Since God has much to accomplish and has chosen to use us to assist Him, it makes sense that we are created uniquely so that our various attributes can be of the most value to the kingdom.
Our verse for tonight is from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul tells the church at Ephesus, in 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” In other words, God already had planned for us to do good works and it takes the entire group of believers to pool their spiritual gifts and accomplish the tasks set before us. My encouragement this evening is that God created you and wants you to be aware of how special you are and the work that has been specifically designed for you. My prayer is that the Lord will prompt you in a way that only He can do to motivate you to greatness for the kingdom and and everlasting peace that celebrates the fact that you are a unique creation in Him. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…