Ever been called a flake? Well, I’m doing it right now. Only it’s a compliment, not an insult.
After seeing footage this week of much of our country covered by thick blankets of white precipitation (hey, we’re even wearing socks in Tampa!), it occurred to me that you (and I) are very much like a flake … as in snowflake.
You’re a unique, one-of-a-kind, amazing, customized entity Papa God fashioned and then intentionally broke the mold. No one else has your exact qualities, perceptions, feelings.
As one of the greatest philosophers of our time – Dr. Seuss – once said, “No one is you-er than you.”
Yet we have so much in common with all the other flakes. We like to, no, we need to hang out with them.
To live together and work together to achieve a higher purpose than any of us could achieve on our own.
That’s what makes snowfall so beautiful and, well, magical. All the individual flakes stick together to create something truly remarkable.
It just wouldn’t be the same if each group of snowflakes decided they were better than the others and formed a coalition that obstinately refused to cooperate in covering the yard with snow. Pretty soon the landscape would look ugly and pock-marked. Like it had pimples.
Here at the beginning of a new year, it’s no secret that racial relations are pretty tense in our communities. Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Hey, all lives matter.
So how do we all get along?
I’ve been spending some time studying the second chapter of Ephesians (and I challenge you to grab your Bible and do the same). Let’s see how two previously hostile and antagonistic races learned to get along once they both placed their faith in Christ as their Savior, which was the only thing they seemingly had in common besides earlobes.
Could a blending of such different cultures, beliefs, perspectives ever really work? Is peace possible among people of diverse and volatile backgrounds?
The biblical answer is yes. But there are some crucial truths we must recognize to make it happen:
- It’s only by God’s grace that any of us are here (verse 5).
- We were each created to do work Papa God custom-prepared specifically for us (verse 10). That means our work will be inherently different than anyone else’s. We’re not supposed to be the same.
- Different races are part of the divine design (verses 11-12). It’s selfishness and sin that builds hostility between them.
- Christ came to unify us in faith, to destroy the barrier between races; to transform the dividing wall of hostility into peace (verses 14-16). By his death and resurrection, “He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance” (verse 14, MSG).
- “Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility” (verse 16, MSG). Did you catch that, my friend? For believers, the hostility is already over! We just have to embrace our brothers and sisters of other races and start acting like it.
- And the final glorious result: “He treated us as equals, and so made us equals” (verse 18, MSG).
Ah, peace. Real peace. Lasting peace.
It is possible. If we can only start seeing ourselves as equals through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Every time I oooh and ahhh over a peaceful snow-covered landscape this winter, I hope I’ll remember that it would never be possible if all those individual flakes didn’t stick together.
And speaking of sticking together, I want to THANK YOU for sticking with me as we begin a new blog year!
As a token of my undying gratitude, I’m sending my very last
Too Blessed to be Stressed 2018 Planner
to one of my faithful BBFFs (Blessed Blog Friends Forever). I’ll randomly draw a name from those of you who contact me before this Saturday (Jan 6). And while you’re at it, let me know how I can pray for you … I love to hear from you! (Makes me feel like I’m not just talking to myself.)