No two grains of sand are alike. Mind-boggling? I recently ran into some photos of grains of sand magnified 100-250 times. Click here to see those pictures. Each grain of sand is unique in color, shape, and texture. It’s awe-inspiring to see, especially in light of how many grains of sand must be on the earth at this given moment.
All of those individual and unique grains of sand make me think of identity in a much more expansive and infinite way.
In the first chapter of Genesis in the Bible, which describes spiritual creation, it says that man—each man, woman, and child—was made in God’s image. God, Spirit, being infinite, the identity of each idea in His creation has to be spiritual, and infinitely distinctive. Speaking of this creation, using Mind and Love as synonyms of God, Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, says, “Unfathomable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 520).
So, those billions and billions of tiny grains of sand, making up the vast beaches of the world and those billions and billions of stars making up the vast galaxies of the universe, each represent the spiritual nature of divine Love. From the infinitesimal to the infinite, God is expressing Himself.
You are included in the unlimited expression of divine Mind. Those qualities that make you uniquely you have their source in God. Qualities like humor, vibrancy, beauty, and creativity are examples of your unique, and forever present, spiritual imprint in God’s creation. You are the apple of His eye and are engraved upon the palm of His hand. (See Deuteronomy 32:10 and Isaiah 49:16.) You are eternally one-of-a-kind!
“The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God” (Science and Health, pp. 502-503).
So, the next time you’re standing in a pile of snow with more falling all around you, and realize that no two snowflakes are alike; or, the next time you’re walking along the beach and think about how many billions of unique grains of sand there are; or, even the next time you’re looking up into a dark and star-filled sky and trying to fathom what infinity is even all about, you can think of your unique place in God’s spiritual creation. You'll have to appreciate the fact that you are just as grand as every individual and magnificent idea in God’s universe. From the infinitesimal to the infinite, you are among the highest ideas because you are counted among the sons and daughters of God.
Grains of sand magnified 100-250 times.
I hope these insights will inspire readers to think more spiritually about themselves and the world around them!