Snow on Hyacinth; Pyles' Home on March 21, 2010

The first day of Spring brought a snowstorm to northeastern Oklahoma on Saturday, with additional accumulation on Sunday.  Temperatures had been in the low ’70s on Friday.  What a difference a day makes!  Kim, Coleman, and I had been on a quick getaway to visit friends in Texas, but returned home late Friday night in order to beat the arrival of Winter’s jolting reminder that it wasn’t quite finished yet.  The elders at the Broken Arrow church made a prudent decision late Saturday afternoon to cancel our Sunday assemblies, just as most churches in the area had done. 

On Sunday morning, I stood in the warmth of the entryway of our home, sipped hot coffee, and watched the wind-driven snowfall through the glass panes in the front doors.  While the strong north wind was blowing the snow at a 45-degree angle further out in the yard, the contours of the front of the house provided a sheltered environment where the snow would swirl for a moment and then slowly spiral downward to the landscaping just beyond the front porch.  I watched for quite some time as large, distinct flakes made a soft landing on the blanket of snow beneath them and were instantaneously rendered indistinguishable from the thousands of snowflakes around them.  Though every snowflake possessed a unique, intricate, crystalline design and identity, each contributed (in a sense, “sacrificed”) its individuality for the benefit of something much larger, an entire landscape of wintry beauty.  

Like snowflakes, each of us has been created in the image of God with a design of intellect, passion, and ability that is unique and special.  Yet, as Christians, despite our intrinsic value and essentiality to the functioning of Christ’s body (Rom. 12; I Cor. 12), our spiritual existence is not one of independence or the showcasing of our individual set of talents.  Ours is contributed with that of others for the glory of the head of the body, Christ, and interdependently blended with that of others for the health and beauty of the whole.  As individual believers, and even as congregations of God’s people, we are woven into the tapestry of God’s kingdom, both contemporary and historical, that envelops the globe. 

While microscopic examination unveils the intricate design of snowflakes, it also reveals their imperfections and irregularities.  Yet, millions of “flawed” snowflakes unite to form a pristine, pure, and breathtaking landscape.  Under the shadow of the Cross and the blood of Jesus our Savior, our sinful souls are cleansed and united into a beautiful Bride for Christ.  He has sanctified His Bride, “having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:26-27). 

How beautiful is the body of Christ!

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