I saw a snowflake the other day.
Not just a dollop of white cool.
Or a flicker of a crystal.
But a real live snowflake.
With sophisticated arcs and patterns
Chiseled peaks and valleys
Soft ice carved into order
I watched it for a moment as it landed on my coat sleeve.
It kinda tickled me.
This thin piece of art coming from the air.
A light wind made it flutter for a bit but it stuck there.
Until it melted.
Beautiful slivers of ice that cascade
Fall from the sky
Only to melt.
Something so stunning just to be strangled by the atmosphere.
This beautiful thing created only to melt.
We want good things to last forever.
Snowflakes to be preserved in sub zero sculpture galleries
The glitter of life to sparkle on for years, decades, millennia.
But they don’t.
For since the fall, the nature of earthly life is to end.
Just like the nature of snow is to melt.
And knowing its lifespan would be short, the snowflake was still made a dazzling beautiful thing.
Because God wanted it to…be.
So while we’re here for however long we have,
every time our faces are warmed by a new day’s sun
we are to love
and to be.
Live, you beautiful thing, you.
It’s what you were created to do.
“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present….”
-Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (The Message)