Monday, December 30, 2013

I Am Unique

used under creative commons license, image by Alexey Kljatov
The title came from seeing the photos of Alexey Kljatov.  He does snowflake photography, catching the variety and the beauty.  And that highlights a thought that came out of the holiday season.

Here we are, between Christmas and New Year's Eve.  To some degree, we're all running around with visits, returns, and fitting all our normal stuff in, besides.  We may end up feeling like one of those mice  or hamsters on a wheel.  And, even more than hectic, we can feel anything but unique.

The problem with those feelings is that they aren't just around the holidays.  Many lose sight, all year long, of what God thinks of them.  Or they might not even realize at all that God does think about them.

Zechariah 2:8 (KJV)  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. 

That verse is about Israel and it's saying that the Israelites are reflected in God's eye.  There are several things that  we need to see about that.  Because they create a very interesting image of a truly wonderful spiritual reality.

Acts 10:34 (KJV)  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

If we get into enough discussions about God, we hear that one, somewhere along the line.  No, we're not pulling a Rodney Dangerfield "I get no respect".  It doesn't say God doesn't respect people, although, when we watch ourselves in action sometimes, we could wonder why He ever would.  And we'll get to that.

What Acts 10:34 is saying is that God is impartial.  So, God thinks of all His people the same way. Which means you and I, if we've accepted salvation.  By extension, Zechariah 2:8 applies to us, too.  Which is where it gets exciting.  If we recognize that we're reflected in God's eye, it means we're close enough to God to see that reflection.  And, along with that, we're close enough for God to see His reflection in our eyes.  That gets my spirit jumping up and down for joy!

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Let's go a little further.  When God looks at us, He sees His Son.  That's Who is in us.  At the same time, there's a heritage even for the unsaved.  Christ took all our sins upon Himself.  That allows God to see those who have deviated as still having a genetic connection.  It's much like the child angrily denying his parentage and doing whatever he can to separate himself from his family.  But, no matter how much he separates himself, his familial genetics never disappears.  It doesn't matter what he does, there are still the parents' genes in his makeup.

That spiritual genetic connection to God will always lead to two things.
  1. His recognition of the genetics and the beauty of that connection.
  2. He will always be open to reconciliation.
Go back to John 21:4-7, several posts ago.  The disciples had lost hope after the crucifixion and gone back to fishing.  They hadn't, apparently, been among those disciples who had already seen the risen Christ.  But Jesus called them children.  Even though there was a straying, there was also a relationship.  The disciples were like the second snowflake above -- lacking in perfect symmetry, but still beautiful.  Sounds like us, doesn't it?

used under creative commons license, image by Alexey Kljatov
No matter how badly we fail, there's always a place in God's heart for us.  We can be like the flake to our left, where none of the spokes is exactly the same, yet there's beauty.  Which brings us to another interesting thought.

Go back to our title.  God sees Jesus in us, but He also sees us and our relationship to Jesus.  There may be others who look like us, think like us, have similar experiences.  But no one has the exact combination we do.  So, what God sees is a specific relationship, not just that we have one.  What He gives us in experiences and love is specific to us.  There are parts of it that would be meaningless to anyone else.

We're like those snowflakes, each different from any other, but maybe a little lopsided.  Even so, we're still uniquely beautiful to God.  And we should see ourselves the same way.  Like those snowflakes.  

Thanks to Alexey Kljatov for the images we used to illustrate our point.  If you'd like to see more of Alexey Kljatov's work, I found him here:  He's also on Google+.  And, if you'd like to see more of your own asymmetrical beauty, get close enough to God to see your reflection in His eye.  That certainly will give us a definitely happier new year.


  1. Bill,
    Thanks for highlighting how uniquely special each of us is to the Father. I'd like to add this C.S. Lewis quote that caught my attention a couple days ago, from The Problem of Pain...

    Why else were individuals created, but that God, loving all infinitely, should love each differently?

    Kinda works with the snowflake metaphor, doesn't it?

    All the best of the new year to you!


    1. Great quote, Evan. You're right. That does fit in well. Just like God leaves us our free will, He also allows us our individuality.

    2. Bill, I love the relational nature of that. I love the wonder of loving our Creator, the created freely choosing to respond to the infinite grace of Redeemer King. We could go on and on, couldn't we?

  2. Great post! I am reminded of the conversation with my 6 year old recently. When we were talking about being made in God's image. He just couldn't wrap his mind around the fact the we all are exact replicas of our Creator. I think I know what to tell him now. When we see our reflection in the light in God's eyes it is in fact Jesus' reflection. As His child we are hid with Christ in God so it's Jesus reflection we see! Love the post!

  3. Bill, thanks for reminding us that we are "uniquely beautiful to God." So glad you linked up at Thought-Provoking Thursday!

    1. Glad you were blessed by the thoughts God gave me, Lyli.