I found these amazing droplets of ice at the edge of the lake. They had formed at the end of some weeds which were dangling in the water. The gentle waves, ever so slowly, brushed against them and formed perfect little pellets. The right circumstances, temperatures, and weather made it possible for them to form.
God can use any and all circumstances to shape us more and more into His image. Our surrender to Him and our trust in His ability to hold on to us while He is at work, will in time prove to bring Him much glory. Waves of cold and dire circumstances may seem random and out of control, but with God nothing is incidental. Nothing in this universe is out of His jurisdiction. He holds it all together, for His own glory and our good.
Hold on to us, our gracious Lord,
While waves and wind shape deep within,
Our hands hold tight, here in this cold
Make holy as You cover sin.
For that which shapes the heart of man
Oft is not found in sunny days
But testifies when cold men stand –
Despite their pain to God sing praise.
For this reason I also suffer these things,
but I am not ashamed;
for I know whom I have believed
and I am convinced
that He is able to guard
what I have entrusted to Him
until that day.
2 Timothy 1:12 – NASB
(Pictures, devotion and poetry by Heidi Viars, 2014)