Considering Snowflakes

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I ventured outside tonight to gather the eggs and make sure the girls had everything they needed before they bedded down for the night. As I stood outside in the quietness, tiny cold snowflakes gently drifted down around me.

For some reason winter is finding it difficult to release it’s grip on our part of the country this year. We are teased with a couple nice sunny days….days that melt the latest snowfall. We get the sticky mud that comes with that melting…a faint promise of Spring and then…..we get more snow.

The last two days were spent watching the snow blow sideways past our windows. Schools once again let out early on Monday and they had a late start on Tuesday. Children rejoiced….I think teachers probably rejoiced right along with them! (In fact, I know several teachers and I can assure you they rejoiced.)

It makes me wonder if we enjoy Spring, when it arrives, as much as we do; for the simple fact that it seems to take so long to get here. The anticipation keeps building with every warming day in February and March. We are urged on in our desire for Spring with every bit of snow that melts and drips from the eaves of our buildings.

So much of life is like that. We get glimpses of the future and the wonders it might hold and then a curtain of snowflakes, once again, sweep in to block that view. Teased and tantalized our minds get twitchy just waiting for that next break in the weather.

It seems to take a lot of faith to believe that Spring will actually come to stay. I think what keeps us going is the fact that Spring has never failed to show up. I am reminded that no matter what happens in life, no matter how much winter seems to close back in…God is there and He has never, ever failed to show up.

I sometimes wonder why it is such a process to make it from winter to spring. I wonder if there is a lesson in there that I am supposed to be learning. Perhaps it is the lesson of patience….the lesson of perseverance?

Perhaps it is the lesson that I need to know, that I am where I need to be and that I need to find and understand the beauty that is hidden in that place and in that season. Maybe I need to open my eyes to the beauty of those tiny, cold, works of art called snowflakes and their place in my life.

Maybe I need to realize that each flake,ย  each situation, holds a beauty that needs to be held, looked at, and felt to be appreciated.ย  Perhaps I need to understand that some situations just need to be seen through the lens of faith. The faith that it will change, that I do not need to be in control and that I am exactly where I need to be at that time.

I always think it would be a wonderful thing if I could actually get a photograph of a single snowflake. I have never been able to accomplish that task. Maybe that is okay. Maybe it is a message to me that sometimes life needs to be viewed as the entire snowbank ….a collection of snowflakes that have banded together to make something entirely new.

 

“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations,
but look what they can do when they stick together!”
Author Unknown

 

“Are you where you need to be?”
Quote from the Cursillo weekend

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31 thoughts on “Considering Snowflakes

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Faye,
    Your life lesson to heart. I can relate. We are waiting for the elder daughter’s admissions to come through- waiting for over a year- there were at least three hopeful situations in the last year but nothing was finalised. Now we are going on a new adventure, a new quest, trying to send her off for classes that might improve her chances for admission. Its all a gamble, a game of pull and push. Just like Spring evading your part of the country. Some days the sun pushes through, some days the snow wins and the battle goes on, we all know what the ending will be like and it will be a happy ending. So that is where our faith comes into play to believe that things will work out. In the meanwhile live in the present and look for beauty in the present.
    Susie

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You said that so beautifully Susie! The battle does go on and yes it takes faith to keep going through it all. I love the “live in the present and look for the beauty.”
      I am praying for your daughter’s classes to help for college admission. The waiting can be so hard.

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  2. juliascreativeyear says:

    Hi faye
    I always love your reflections. I love how God can speak to us through different things too. I found myself reflecting on the uniqueness of snowflakes the other day as I stood on the playground with the children from my class. There were so many flakes, and some of them so so tiny that I Really couldn’t believe that every single one is different. It did make me question how we know that! But the wonder of being out in the snow with 4 and 5 year old was fab, regardless of the science behind snow!
    The bit of your reflection I shall be holding onto for the moment is your thought that I am where I need to be and I need to find and understand the beauty that is hidden in that place and in that season. Thank you for sharing that. It is encouraging when I am having more ‘snowy’ days in my life than I would like!
    I do hope your girls are staying warm and cosy in the cold weather ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I had to grin, Julie, about your wondering if each snowflake really is different. I had originally had a line in the post about the possibility that those scientist didnโ€™t know what they were talking about on that one. (How could we really know and be sure?)
      I had the tiniest flakes landing on my jacket and I tried to get to my camera as fast as possible once I was in the house so I could try get a photoโ€ฆ..they were long melted by that time.
      The girls are loving the weather now that it is above 20. They donโ€™t even seem to mind the snowโ€ฆ.as long as it isnโ€™t coming down sideways. For some reason they always seem to be content with where they are!

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  3. rabbitpatchdiary.com says:

    I especially love this post-the conclusion especially. Sometimes the :big picture” does include a lot of little things, to see it. Gosh, I have been living this the last few years. I have about quit planning anything, but expecting wonderful things. Your post inspired me and renewed my spirit. Thank you-nowabout that snow . . . wow! love Michele

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Aaahh , my friend Sandy! You are indeed a wonderful drip…..you drip on others and are filled to the brim with the dripping of the Holy Spirit. I am always blessed by you! You are also an amazing dancer!!!!

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  4. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Dearest, much loved Chicken…
    . . . perhaps the lesson isn’t just one, but many.
    The lesson to simply ‘be’ and ‘stay’ exactly where you should be.
    The lesson to stop rushing forward and instead give yourself time to grow through all the seasons.
    The lesson to ‘wait’ – not in your time, but in His.
    The lesson that clocks and calendars are a man invented thing, and that God doesn’t work to clocks or calendars.
    These lessons … and many more are simply waiting for all to ‘see’. Once seen they can then be understood.

    Maybe even one of the lessons is to not question why, for He knows why and you don’t need to know everything, you just need to leave these things in His hands. He’s got this one kiddo. Go worry about the cake you’re going to bake for ____________ (fill in the gap) – for that’s something which is in your hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

    LOVED this post, and you too.
    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx โค

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Oh Cobs…..you are always so good for my soul. You have perfectly captured every lesson in all those little snowflakes. I love how you manage to do that.
      “the lesson to wait- not in your time, but His. …… So. Very. True. Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if we could just learn that particular lesson? Think how patient we would be. How understanding because we would know that God has it.
      Love you my friend….and now….perhaps I should bake a cake โค
      CG

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      This season has been a lesson in patience! Every time I think Spring is close it snows again. I guess it does give opportunity for getting indoor things done and visiting with family and friends.

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  5. Deb says:

    Oh this is beautiful Faye. We too had storms on Wednesday that dumped another 10″ of snow…ugh! Today I went out to my bushes and raked off all the heavy snow that was burdening them down. They sprung right up and I’m pretty sure I heard them say ahhhh. I also did a little bit of pruning around the bushes and tree that surround the bird bath and feeder. It felt good to spruce things up. We’re supposed to get warmer weather next week I hope it’s the turning point into Spring…it will be here after all on March 20. I have faith and a lot of patience and maybe winter has taught me that…but I’d be ok with learning it in summer!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love that quote!!

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