by Phyllis Ducey

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5

One of my delights in living in Minnesota is the beauty of the snow. Now don't get me wrong, I do not like shoveling (my husband is kind enough to handle that), I do not like skiing, I do not like building snowmen ... there is little if anything I like to do outside when the weather is cold enough for snow. But I love the snow here! It sparkles all the time, day or night! In Illinois it only occasionally sparkled if it was very fresh.

My understanding is the reason it sparkles is that it is so cold up here that each tiny miniature snowflake is crystallized and becomes a mirror to reflect the light. To be able to see the sparkle, it depends on the reflection of the light, the position of the snowflake (mirror) and the angle we are viewing it from. All has to be just right. What amazes me is how it continues to sparkles even at night!

God's creation is awesome. Not unlike sand on the shores of the oceans, the quantity of snowflakes in a snowfall is unmeasurable. God makes each one different... how amazing is that? Millions upon millions of snowflakes here for a short transient period of time and yet each is uniquely capable of reflecting the light if given the right angle and conditions.

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. Luke 11:33,34

Each of us is created uniquely and amazingly different. If God was willing to make each snowflake different, think of how much more He must have created people to be since He so valued us that He gave His Son to die for each of one of us. Once we have accepted His love, forgiveness for our sins and His gift of eternal life we become like those snowflakes. We absorb His light, it becomes a part of us as we grow in our relationship with Him.

When we choose to draw closer to Him (actually living our lives for Him) we reflect His light because the light in our eyes is His light being reflected like the tiny mirrors of the snowflakes.

So next time you see a beautiful snowfall glistening in your yard or across a field think of how beautiful us Christians must look to God from heaven's view as we sparkle from His light being reflected to others! And wouldn't it be so awesome to have a world where everyone sparkled?
(Kind of gives you goose bumps thinking about it, doesn't it?)

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matt 5:14

Please take a few minutes to check out these great shops! Several are fairly new to our team and could use some love... give them your hearts!!

The beautiful photo of the snow branches (above) is from artbylisak

Hairpins by jenlucasdesigns

by JKistlerStudios

Earrings by FoxyMomma

Comments (11)

On January 10, 2011 at 6:37 AM , myeuropeantouch said...

How beautifully expressed Phyllis...thank you...

On January 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM , Sue Runyon said...

"Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." Psalms 34:5

On January 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM , Tricia said...

Absolutely beautiful post. And yes, I did get goosebumps. Thank you! Tricia

On January 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM , Colleen said...

Such beautiful words. I'll look at a snowy scene with a different view now. Thank you.
Blessings (and sparkles!) to you all,

On January 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM , watercolors said...

I love the snowflake analogy and post. Here in Florida, hard to get a visual as we don't experience that beauty, but certainly can appreciate the uniqueness of each of God's creations.

On January 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM , sammysgrammy said...

This post blessed me Phyllis. It'll be a looong time 'til the second Monday in February.

On January 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM , Angelic Emypress said...

WOW!!! that really inspired me. Thank you for that wonderful word :)

On January 11, 2011 at 10:11 AM , grampa2394 said...

Very nice picks for the theme and just the perfect inspiration for what will later today become a snowy day here in the Northeast.

On January 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

I am blessed everytime I read your posts. It always touches my heart.

Thank you, my friend!

On January 11, 2011 at 2:33 PM , Lizzi said...

What a beautiful post! I love this idea! May we keep on shining for God!

On January 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM , new creationz said...

Thanks so much fro a wonderful post once again! From A snow deprived NZ'er!