I grew up hearing and believing that no two snowflakes are alike. (What are you doing Webb, you’re at the beach?) True, but as I watch the waves at sunrise I think, “I bet no two waves are alike.” They come in all sizes, directions, and are made up of different water. So, just like snowflakes I can’t prove my theory, but I believe its true.
Not just in make up do waves differ, but so is there impact on the shore, marine life, and each other. Humans and waves have a lot in common. Yet, when it comes to waves no one tries to take away their uniqueness, no one tries to make them all alike, no one says to a wave you need to be more like that previous wave. Waves are what they are in all their glory.
Humans are all unique. I only need to look at my twin grandsons to know that even twins have significant differences. Will and Jake are always headed in different directions, but like a pair of scissors they come together only when someone tries to get in between them. Each of my grandchildren are night and day different, and I wouldn’t change a one. Well, perhaps maybe mind their parents a little bit better, but as a family we celebrate their individuality.
So I wonder why as a human family there is so much emphasis on trying to get humans to look, talk, and act alike. It ain’t gonna happen, so why do we try so hard to homogenize humans. As we meditate today, me with my waves you in your special place, ask — how can I celebrate my uniqueness, why do I put so much effort into trying to look like someone else, or what is going on when we exclude someone who is different when we ourselves are different than anyone else?
God gave us unique DNA and placed each of us in a unique environment. No of it can be replicated exactly. Let’s today simply enjoy our individual quirks, welcome all into our family, and thank God for making us like snowflakes and waves and not all the same.