The Beauty of Individual Snowflakes
Embracing the Beauty of God’s Creation as He Molds You
by Joanne Troppello
It’s been snowing here in PA since yesterday afternoon (Jan 31st). It’s forecasted to continue snowing through tonight and into tomorrow morning. We haven’t had a big snowstorm like this in a few winters. As I’m looking out the window and writing this article, I was mesmerized by the heavy snowfall.
In a BBC Bitesize article, they shared that “Snowflakes are renowned for their uniqueness. No matter how many billions of them fall from the sky, there are never two the same. Our naked eye sees snow as unremarkable white dots.”
The article went on to share that in 1885 a scientist Wilson Bentley attached a microscope to his camera, so he was able to photograph snowflakes in a higher level of detail than anyone had seen before. When he continued to photograph the snow, he identified that none of the snowflakes were the same.
When snowflakes fall through the atmosphere, the variance in water vapor affects the shape, which creates unique-looking snowflakes. The following photo depicts the differences in snowflakes as seen under a microscope.
The Beauty of God’s Design
I had never seen snowflakes under a microscope before and the beauty of God’s design amazed me. That was only looking at a photograph of them. I would love to look at snowflakes directly through a microscope.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,And that my soul knows very well. – Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV)
I love how Psalm 139 verse 14 says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” just as unique as a snowflake. Now, I know in today’s modern culture, if someone called you a snowflake that is an insult to your over-inflated ego and sense of entitlement, and that you are very easily offended by others who have an opposing viewpoint. However, for the purpose of today’s article, I want to focus on the beauty and uniqueness of each snowflake and how all of us—part of God’s creation—are beautiful and unique as well.
Maybe you don’t feel so beautiful. You might not feel very unique. Yet, God created you specifically to be you. He made you unique with your own set of fingerprints and He knows how many hairs are on your head.
Even if others don’t always treat you the right way, take comfort in the fact that you are a unique creation of the Almighty God and embrace your uniqueness. Sure, we always have room for improvement and can change our negative attitudes and behaviors. Just remember that you should cherish the fact that God made you just the way you are.
But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. – Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV)
Embrace your uniqueness as beautiful as those unique snowflakes. Then remain open to continual molding of your emotions and spirit as the Lord’s hands mold you like the potter molds clay.
Have you embraced your uniqueness?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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