A Septillion Snowflakes

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14 (NASB)



Snowflakes! They fell everywhere this week, even in the Deep South. In fact, many news agencies are reporting that the only state with no snow on the ground is Florida. So, how much of the white stuff can we expect? Well, in an average winter about one septillion snowflakes fall from the sky, and this is no average winter. To put it in perspective, a septillion is equal to a trillion trillion, and by the end of this winter it will all add up to— well—a lot of snowflakes!

Now consider that no two snowflakes are alike. How do we know this? Because, according to crystallographers (scientists who study the structure of crystals), not all water molecules are exactly the same, and snowflakes are made up of water molecules. Add winter's unstable atmospheric conditions. Snowflakes react to temperature changes as they pass through the atmosphere, and that causes them to change their shape and design. To find any two exactly alike is virtually impossible.

A septillion snowflakes, no two alike, each brilliantly designed by our Creator.

Like snowflakes, we humans are unique and complex. Each of us is shaped for God’s purpose. He not only gives us one-of-a-kind DNA, but also unique creative gifts (1 Corinthians 7:7), reasons for existence (Ephesians 1:11), abilities (2 Corinthians 3:5), personalities (1 Samuel 16:7) and experiences (Romans 8:28).

So, the next time you look out your window and see pretty snowflakes spilling from the sky, remember that you are not all that different from these matchless, tiny masses of ice. In God’s eyes you are small, and yet you are a perfect and indispensable part of His great and mighty plan.



Have a little fun today. Barkley Interactive offers a virtual snowflake maker. Click HERE,
but be warned it’s addictive.

7 comments:

Robin said...

How timely ...thank you Sweetie.
xo
Robin

benotforgot said...

I was introduced to the wonder of individual snowflakes when I read a book about Snowflake Bentley . . . and sometime after that I learned I could stand outside in the snow and could actually see individual snowflakes as they fell on a cold mirror or on my black mittens . . . always in awe of our Creator's gifts of beauty . . .

Jean Fischer said...

Hello, Vickie.
Thank you for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment. I love the Snowflake Bentley book. Most likely, you already know about the real Wilson Bently and his official web site. In the event that you don't, here is the URL. http://snowflakebentley.com/WBsnowflakes.htm

Jean Fischer said...

Robin! Hello, Dear. It's always good to see you visit the blog. I hope that you and your family are safe there in snowy Georgia.

Hugs to you, my friend.
Jean

quietspirit said...

Jean:
I love to WATCH the snow falling. I don't necessarily like to DRIVE in the snow. I guess I'm showing my age again.
I, too, have seen the intricacies of snowflakes that land on my gloves. They are awesome to behold.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Love the snowflake pics!

When these snowflakes gather, they create a dazzling winter landscape. As believers, when we're together in one accord, we form a beautiful picture of God's grace yet still retain our individual characteristics and giftings.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Dee said...

After reading this post, I will no longer be offended if I over hear someone say about me, "Wow! Now she is a real flake!" ;o) Wonderful post!

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