While I'm not loving the slushy mess outside that is our current snow situation, I am completely and totally fascinated with snowflakes. I love seeing them float lazily down from the sky and land on my car - a perfect six-sided figure of little more than ice. The symmetry and elegance is unparalleled. Due to natural forces I don't fully understand, every snowflake forms in much the same way.
"A snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky. This creates an ice crystal. As the ice crystal falls to the ground, water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building new crystals - the six arms of the snowflake." (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.noaa.gov/features/02_monitoring/snowflakes.html)Each is different and unique.
"...individual snowflakes all follow slightly different paths from the sky to the ground —and thus encounter slightly different atmospheric conditions along the way. Therefore, they all tend to look unique, resembling everything from prisms and needles to the familiar lacy pattern." (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.noaa.gov/features/02_monitoring/snowflakes.html)
But they are all beautiful.
Just as snowflakes all originate in the same manner, so do we. Each of us was created by a loving Heavenly Father who loves us and wants to see us become like Him. He has given us the same beginning, the same central core - a spirit capable of learning and growth. When we pass through the veil, we gain a body. As we grow and take slightly different paths through life, we take on different appearances. No matter what our shape - physical or spiritual - we are beautiful, graceful, elegant beings.
We are children of a King.
All we must do is believe.
Believe is a verb. A verb is an action. Therefore, to believe is to ACT.