In Olive Branch, Mississippi, the  past few days have been uncommonly cold. Unfortunately (admittedly, some would say fortunately) our freezing temperatures have not been accompanied by snow. Many children, and likely some teachers, too, hoped for a snow day! But only a light dusting came to our cars and rooftops one night this past week….

So not long ago I thought we would have fun making our own snowflakes at the RV.  At first the project was a bit of a challenge for some of our enthusiastic (but at times impatient) peeps. I watched a tutorial video multiple times myself before attempting to teach the children. Their young hands needed direction and help with the folding and cutting of each blank sheet of paper. Enthusiasm was no substitute for patience! The process was tedious. But oh, the sweet gasps of delight that accompanied each unfolding! Each snowflake was unique, as the individual children chose where and how deep and how detailed they made their cuts. And they were so proud of their masterpieces.

As we made snowflakes, I was reminded of the wonder of the gift of God in each unique child. Do they know it? Each one is such a masterpiece! Each one becomes beautiful by the patient pruning and cutting of a loving Father. Sometimes the process is tedious. But God’s unfolding stirs in me a thousand gasps of wonder and delight every single day! Each child, each and every one…. How I treasure the snowflake and the unfolding!

“We are His  masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand so that we would walk in them. ”  Ephesians 2:10

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