I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
It’s been said that every snowflake is unique. My experience with Michigan snowstorms made that hard for me to believe.
My skepticism was based on a rudimentary understanding of what a snowflake is. After all, it’s just frozen water. Two hydrogen + one oxygen + cold = snowflake. My research revealed that while my understanding was technically correct, snowflakes are a bit more complicated.
Conditions in the atmosphere must be exactly right for a snowflake to form. Don’t worry. Conditions are frequently right—as anyone in a cold climate can attest. When both the temperature and humidity create a conducive environment, an ice crystal forms around any available tiny object in the atmosphere, like dust or a salt particle. The conditions plus the path the snowflake takes on its way to the ground will have a big impact on the snowflake’s ultimate appearance. The hydrogen and oxygen atoms comprising the crystal cause every snowflake to be six-sided, and yet completely unique on a molecular level, even if visually similar.
To make the individuality of snowflakes even more amazing, consider the number of snowflakes that fall in a single winter. According to Lancaster Online, a snowstorm in Lancaster County resulting in five inches of snow will consist of approximately 5.2 quintillion snowflakes. Multiply that by the number of storms in a year and the number of years in earth’s history and that’s a lot of individuality.
Still, the greatest of all God’s creation is not the tiny snowflake. It’s you. Afterall, you’ve been fashioned by the Master in His own image. You are infinitely more complex than H2O. God has fashioned you uniquely and invited you to join Him in the greatest adventure—building His Kingdom. To prepare you for the task, He has equipped you with gifts, interests, and talents; and He’s allowed you to experience things that have made you into the person you are.
The path you have taken to arrive at this moment has more twists and turns than the descent of all the snowflakes put together. Maybe you’ve felt tossed about like a fragile crystal in a blizzard, but that experience has shaped you. You aren’t crushed or destroyed. In fact, you are all the more precious for having come through the storm.
Take a moment and consider some of the ways God has fashioned you. How can you use your interests and gifts to connect with others? What storms have you weathered that someone else may be experiencing now?
Praise God for making you more unique and more precious than all the snowflakes that have ever fallen.
About the photographer:
Cory Ahern captures beauty in all she sees. Viewing the world through a camera lens, paintbrush, or other creative medium, Cory reinterprets what she sees and inspires hope and healing for those who take the time to look at the world with their whole heart. Learn more about Cory’s creations at FallingStarLane.com