We had a hail storm this weekend at our house. It was right around midnight. The boys were all sleeping and my husband and I were on the couch working on our laptops. We start to hear some banging and he turns to me. “What is that?” Hail!?!?!?
We ran to the window and sure enough rain and hail was shooting down from the sky and flying around in all directions! A week or so ago I was astonished at some quarter size hail that fell, but this was golf ball size! And was hitting hard. Poor dinosaurs! Poor Buzz Lightyear! They were among the toys my boys had abandoned in the backyard earlier that day and they were taking a beating.
After it calmed down I ran out to snatch a few pieces of the hail and see up-close how big they were. I was expecting to see smooth balls, but they looked as if lots of little hail balls had stuck together to form the massive clumps!
Separately those little pieces of ice couldn’t do much damage. They may not even hurt much if you got hit with one, but together they had much more impact than each one individually. That’s like the body of Christ. While on our own we can impact our world in small ways when we join together we are stronger!
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't. . .