by Nicole Harkonen
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December 20, 2007
I love snowflakes. I am easily entertained as I watch each snowflake perform a dance as it falls softly from the sky. Have they rehearsed this for hours, God? It’s so beautiful, so peaceful. I stare with contentment as I sip on my coffee and am blessed with such a wonder. Each snowflake appears to be slightly different, gracefully moving to a perfectly choreographed dance. “Wow,” I say in a whisper.
It seems to me as I continue to watch, that when these snowflakes reach a certain point they meld together somehow, almost as if they were taking hold of one another’s hands or linking arms. Their movements are gentle and the atmosphere seems quieter than usual as this performance carries on. Peace overwhelms me as I take a deep breath in. The end result seems just as beautiful as the dance itself. I am blessed with a white blanket of snow upon everything touched. The mountains capture my attention and look amazing! Lord, you are an incredible artist. Thank you, Jesus.
I understand that all humans are created just as intricately as these snowflakes. We are all created with a special dance of our own. I believe if God can create a snowflake to dance, than he can create humans to dance. Judgmental and critical thoughts may race to your mind but those are lies.
We all have a special purpose and job to do while on this earth and God has blessed us all with specific abilities, gifts and talents. I believe that this is how our dance is choreographed. Imagine, if every one of us were to realize and ACCEPT how we were uniquely created. Imagine if we allowed ourselves to practice our dance by putting these attributes in to action and imagine if we encouraged others in their purposes, gifts, and talents.
I have faith that if we all closed our eyes, and let God lead us in our dance, not worrying what others say, we would not step on each others toes and we’d become a huge blessing for God’s kingdom.
Exodus 15:11 (New Living Translation)
11 “Who is like you among the gods, O LORD—
glorious in holiness,
awesome in splendor,
Romans 12:8 (New Life Version)
8: If someone has the gift of speaking words of comfort and help, he should speak. If someone has the gift of sharing what he has, he should give from a willing heart. If someone has the gift of leading other people, he should lead them. If someone has the gift of showing kindness to others, he should be happy as he does it.
Ephesians 4:7 (The Message)
But that doesn't mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. The text for this is, He climbed the high mountain, He captured the enemy and seized the booty, He handed it all out in gifts to the people. Is it not true that the One who climbed up also climbed down, down to the valley of earth? And the One who climbed down is the One who climbed back up, up to highest heaven. He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ's followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ's body, the church, until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ performing great wonders?
2 Corinthians 12:7 (The Message)
My grace is enough; it's all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
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