One night a friend sent me a macro photo of a snowflake and I was blown away. That one photo lead to to a whole page on macro photography of snowflakes.
I couldn’t get over the incredible intricacies in each snowflake. As I clicked through photo after photo, I found myself getting teary eyed. The art and detail in even just one single snowflake was absolutely breathtaking and not repeated in any other. The patterns were so captivating. I was mesmerized.
Because every snowflake follows a unique path from the sky to the ground, they each encounter slightly different environmental conditions and the history of their decent is recorded in their intricate design. They find their commonality in the fact that they join together to cover the earth in a blanket of snow. The journey of each snowflake is first formed by a particle of dust.
Who knew dust could be so beautiful when forged by some of the harshest environments. The photos of macro snowflakes were a perfect display of how something seemingly insignificant as dust could bring about such wonder.
I think joy does the same thing, it forges in us an intricate design that brings wonder. And every tiny, seemingly insignificant moment that we choose joy adds up to something beautiful that Jesus is forming in us.
“All joy emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.” C. S. Lewis
“You lead me in the path of life. I experience absolute joy in your presence..” Psalm 16:11
God, thank you for filling us with your joy and flooding our hearts with light. May we hold tightly to joy in the good times and the hard times. As we fix our eyes on you, may our lives shine bright this advent season. May we praise you for your faithfulness we see stamped all around us. Thank you for your presence that calls us to wonder and joy.
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