Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? (Job 38:22)
God’s creation is full of wonder! Consider the snowflake…
Water vapor cools into a drop and then freezes into a tiny hexagonal ice crystal smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
As the crystal becomes larger, branches begin to sprout from the six corners of the hexagon.
On a microscopic level, the formation of the crystals is a complex process, and it leads to an almost infinite number of possible variations. So no two snowflakes are exactly the same.
Think about it. How many snowflakes fall in one single snowstorm? Some estimate approximately twenty trillion. That’s 20,000,000,000,000!
Wilson A. Bentley, "The Snowflake Man", was the first person to ever photograph a single snow crystal in 1885. He went on to take pictures of more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime. And he never found any two alike. He wrote:
"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."
As I photograph the beauty of the snow around me in the magnificent Northwoods of Michigan, I am left in awe at the wonder of God’s creation.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)