The Beauty of Holiness

My! What beauty God has afforded us!  As dangerous as snow and ice can be, just take a moment to look at its beauty! There is nothing as pure as fresh fallen snow. It makes the world look glorious, pure, spotless, covered in white raiment ready for the King’s admiration.

The thought of snow puts a new perspective on what is expected of us before we go before the Throne of Grace and seek approval from the King of Glory.  Nature teaches us the beauty of Holiness in everything God has given us.

Whether the story of the eye of the needle (a gate at the entrance of Jerusalem) is fact or not; the thought of the camel going through this gate is still parallel to that of what we must do in order to enter the Holies of Holies and have our petition heard and known of God.  In the evenings when the gates of the cities were shut down and locked, there was only one way to enter the city.  That was for the traveler to unpack his camel and allow the camel to get down on his knees, striped of everything to crawl into the city. It was not an easy task for the camel or for the traveler; as the traveler then would have to bring in his baggage one by one through the small gate of the city, called the eye of the needle.

Oh that we would strip away the cares of this life, our continued temptations, and the things that we do not and will not need in order to stand before (or kneel before) the King of Kings in the Holy Place, without spot or wrinkle, clothed in pure white raiment – like the snow.  Job said it right and clear; “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

The snow is more significant to us than its purity alone….take for example the perfection of the snow flake; that each one is perfectly shaped and individualized in God’s design.  The intricate design and the perfection in size and shape are simply amazing.  Yet at times we cannot see how perfectly we are designed by God for His glory. In Psalm 139:14, David knew this secret, as he states; “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Oh what beauty God has afforded us! Take a look at your spouse, your children and then finally yourself.  Not in a vain way, but in thanksgiving and glory to our God.  Not one of us is exactly the same.  Even identical twins have their individuality that God gave them.

Science has figured out that our pupil and retina in our eye as well as our fingerprints are as individually diversified as our personalities.  They are perfectly formed, yet completely different than any other person on earth that was or is, or is to yet be born on this earth.  And to think that we were formed in His likeness created in His image, so perfectly engineered in His plan.  Can we ask for anything more perfect?  Wow! What love, what grace, what care, what perfection….like the snow flake, God has given us.

I do believe that is why He called us no more strangers, but sojourners and joint heirs with Him.  Ephesians 2:19, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” And in Romans 8:16-17, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”  As we follow His lead, present ourselves as the “living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service…” we will want to be transformed, have our minds renewed, live a holy life, so we can be called the Sons of God, The Children of God, The friend of God, and be heirs with Him! (Romans 12:1-3).

God bless you as you strive to reflect the perfection of the snow flake that God has desired for you. You are beautiful in His sight! Now we must believe His plan and allow Him to work in us the plan He has set for us.

Kathleen Vandevender

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