Sunday, December 6, 2009

*Snowflake Season*

Psalms 19:1, 2 state that "the heavens are declaring the glory of God; and the work of his hands the expanse is telling. One day after another causes speech to bubble forth, and one night after another night shows forth knowledge."
We entered a new season, which causes us to "bubble forth" with praise to our Creator as we marvel over the wonders of winter. In a research project on snowflakes, Little Miss enlightened us with the following information:
"Snowflakes begin as snow crystals which develop into tiny cloud droplets, about 10 micro meters in diameter. Cold environments cause column-like development, but warmer temperatures cause thin and flat crystal development. Shapes emerge as the flake moves through different temperatures and humidity. It's impossible that two snowflakes are exactly alike because roughly 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 water molecules that make up a snowflake grow at different rates and in different patterns."
An amazing testament to an intelligent Creator, indeed!
We can also praise God for the fact that he made winter precipitation fun. Did he have to? Certainly not! He didn't have to make it beautiful, either, but there is endless beauty to behold in a freshly snow-covered scene. Some of the enjoyment we find when the flakes are flying has been summed up by the Little Boy:
"In the winter it gets cold. So cold that you have to wear a hat, mittens, and a heavy coat. In the winter some people like to build snowmen or igloos, and some people like to go sledding. Some people like to drink hot chocolate after playing in the snow or shoveling."
:) It is truly a fun season!
We've been making and hanging paper snowflakes, as well as other wintery decorations, and we've enjoyed the first snowfall of the season here in New England. The transition to winter gives us the opportunity to reflect on the One who made the seasons and all their splendor, and gave us the ability to enjoy all they have to offer. To ponder over God's creation reaffirms that "everything he has made pretty in its time." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

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