“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.” 1 Corinthians 12:4
We’ve had a lot of snow in Northern Ireland recently. There’s something wonderful about snow; it can make even the uglier towns and cities looks picturesque.
The ‘blanket’ of snow that we see is made up of billions upon billions of individual flakes, each one completely unique.
Tiny Miracles of Beauty
Wilson Bentley was someone who really looked at the world around him. Born 1865, in Vermont, Wilson became fascinated with snow flakes as a teenager, and tried to draw individual flakes by looking at them through a microscope. He then began experimenting with a camera and microscope combination, eventually capturing his famous first snowflake photograph in 1885. He went on to capture more than 5,000 images of snowflakes in his lifetime.
Bentley poetically described snowflakes as “tiny miracles of beauty”. And so they are!
Individual, Yet All One in Christ
No two snowflakes are alike, yet each one comes from the same source. Then all those billions of individual flakes blend together in perfect harmony and ‘oneness’ to create the white blanket of loveliness that we collectively call ‘snow’.
If one or two little snowflakes fell from the sky, near each other, never quite meeting up, they’d make no impact at all would they? They’d just melt before anyone even noticed they were there. For snow to have that stunning Winter Wonderland look we write songs about, the flakes need to join up and work together!
So it is with the church. We are all individuals, perfectly formed by our Creator, with our own unique gifts, quirks and beauty. But God, in His perfect plan, has chosen to bring us together into a unified whole, called the church:
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
Jill McIlreavy 💜