A small, rebellious tear traced a path down my cheek, only slightly betraying the sadness behind my indifferent veneer. The scene outside, one of frolicking seventh graders throwing snowballs and crafting snowmen out of the ever increasing snow, was one I desperately wanted to join. But I couldn’t get out there by myself and everyone had rushed out so fast that they hadn’t noticed my solitary confinement in the classroom. That’s just the way it was.
As I watched the many little snowflakes glide effortlessly to join their friends on the ground, I thought about how lucky they were. No two of them were alike and yet, they could all move through the sky together, playing with the wind, and then, rest peacefully on the ground, appreciating the cold. They all enjoyed the same winter fun. I sighed, wishing it was the same for me and my friends.
“Jesus,” I prayed, tired of the pity party, “Winter can be long and boring when I’m unhappy with myself. Please help me appreciate my uniqueness and, maybe, get outside with my friends this winter. Amen.”
I immediately felt better. As I enjoyed God’s peace, my friend Kelsey rushed in, wiping her boots hurriedly on the mat.
“I knew I’d forgotten to give someone their valentine,” she said breathlessly, “Here’s yours Alexis. I hope you like it.”
I took it from her eagerly, smiling when I realized it was in the shape of a snowflake. By the time I’d finished reading the note inside, I was grinning from ear to ear. It said:
God has made you more unique and beautiful than a snowflake. I love that about you. Don’t ever wish you could change. Remember Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Happy Valentine’s Day.
Love, your friend,
“You don’t know how much I needed this.” I exclaimed, smiling my thanks.
“No, but God knew. Do you want to go outside?”
As Kelsey wheeled me around outside the cold February snow making us giddy, I smiled at the many falling snowflakes.
You may be unique, but you’ve got nothin’ on me!
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