Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday Reflections - Snow flakes

Jesse (4), LOVING the snow 
We rarely get snow here in South Carolina, and, unlike my sisters who see more than their fair share, I do miss it a bit.  The last time we had snow, two years ago, we had just a dusting of the powdery white stuff.  After scraping and gathering the snow off of 3 cars, we were able to make an itty bitty snow man, complete with Mr. Potato Head parts.

There's something so magical about a good snow.  When I lived in a colder climate, I loved going to bed without the whisper of the possibility of snow and waking up to a landscape blanketed in cold white.  And snowflakes themselves....each one a perfectly amazing little 6-sided miracle.  Have you ever seen what snowflakes really look like?  Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley was the first person to photograph these delicate little beauties in 1885.  He documented over 5,000 flakes in his lifetime and no two were alike.

"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." 
- Wilson Bentley 1925

Snowflake photos from Bentley's collection

God creates these tiny little works of art that no one can appreciate with the naked eye, and I imagine how many thousands of years (before Snowflake Bentley, of course) that God would sit on his throne and chuckle to himself, hardly able to wait until someone figured out how these little treasures would cause people to wonder and stand in awe of their Creator.

When's the last time you marveled at the Creator?  I'm so thankful for the snowflake's reminder of how God crafts all things unique and beautiful!

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftmanship." Psalm 19:1 (NLT)

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