I love popcorn. My snacking preferences tend to be more in the “sweet” category, but when popcorn is available, I love to partake! It’s salty, crunchy, and seems to come in a million different flavors nowadays. And we can’t forget that it’s a staple at movie theaters and different events like concerts, carnivals, and so much more. This salty delight can also even be made into a sweet treat, drizzled in chocolate, yogurt, caramel…the list goes on (and my mouth begins to water!)

In my house, we usually have the microwaveable popcorn (Movie Theater Butter style of course!) to keep as a snack for the family. I usually take the bag, put it in the microwave, let the microwave work its magic, and then dive right in! Maybe this is familiar to you too?

But have you ever stopped and taken a moment to look at the popcorn? I mean really look at it. At this point you’re probably thinking, “Umm, no Ashley. I like to eat my popcorn, not look at it!” But, if you take a moment to look at it before the popping and then diving in, you’ll notice that each kernel starts out relatively uniform. They’re a rounded shape, usually a light brown color, each with matte finish to them. The same. Kind of boring to look at. A very hard, resistant exterior. Nothing very unique about them.

It’s not until the kernels go through a changing process and are “popped” that we can see and experience the goodness within. But the kernel has to endure heat, pressure, and much more as it goes through this particular process to be able to become this unique creation. And each and every piece of popped popcorn is just that…completely and utterly unique.

We are like those pieces of popcorn. God knows what we all have on the inside, and what is in store for us even before we make each of our grand entrances into the world. Psalm 139:13 (NIV) states, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  He’s known us since the moment of conception, as He is the One doing the forming.

Then once we begin to live our lives, we begin to show the world who God truly created us to be. We shine with God’s love and grace as we go through the process and privilege of living, breathing. Like that popcorn, we endure heat and pressure. We endure trials and oppression. We endure moments that beg to break us. We enjoy peace and grace. We enjoy love, compassion, and experience. We go through this changing process, much like those kernels of popcorn, except we call it life. Through all of these processes, events, trials, experiences, whether good or bad, God brings out our true natures so we can shine for Him. And we have to go through these experiences because if we didn’t, we’d all be boring and the same, just like those unpopped kernels of corn, completely hiding the goodness within. As we go through day by day, we let our unique and beautiful countenances show to the world, as a testament to God’s plans and love. The psalmist writes, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14 NIV). What is so fantastic about this truth is that we are all a reflection of God, made in His image, but we are all so unique and different and reflect different facets of Him. What an awesome and great Creator we have.

So the next time you sit down to munch on some popcorn, stop for a second. Take a look at what you’re about to eat. Notice all of the beautiful nooks, crannies, colors, and patterns that are a part of this salty treat and give praise and thanks to the Creator who took the time to make you who you are, because He knew that the world needed you and your unique life in it.