As I sit here on the first snow day of the school year, after slipping and sliding on the roads to drive home from work the evening before, shoveling three to four inches of snow off the walkway and driveway, I am thinking about the revelation of God to Job about the "treasures" that can be found in the snow.
As God gave Job the ultimate science test after the trials that Job was put through by Satan, God asked Job one question that, on many levels, he could not appreciate the way we can today. How many times had Job seen a large snowfall, whiteout, blizzard conditions, shoveled a foot of snow or slid round and round into the ditch along side of the road? Not often, I am sure.
God asked Job, "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow: or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail" in chapter 38:22. Let us take a few minutes to look at the treasures that are in the snow before we get too overwhelmed with the extra work that snow will bring us this winter.
Job could not have appreciated the beauty that a snowflake contains because he did not have the ability to magnify hundreds of times a single flake, but we can. The atomic structure of the water with its oxygen and hydrogen atoms is, in the end, the cause of the shapes in snowflakes. The types of snowflakes generally fall into one of six categories: hexagonal plates, hexagonal columns, needles, six-pointed stars, dendrite (a fernlike shape) crystals, and some irregular shapes. The variety of these shapes and the conditions that cause their formation and the unique conditions under which they form lead to the general statement that no two snowflakes are identical. The most beautiful and intricate patterns we see in pictures are produced by the star and dendrite crystals.
Snow crystals have a wide range of sizes with a diameter from 1/1000 inch to O inch. The factors of temperature and moisture conditions during formation determine the size and shape of the crystal. For a snowflake to form requires water vapor and a dust particle which is called the ice nuclei, cloud droplets, and below freezing temperatures. If the crystals of water freeze slowly in very low temperatures and low humidity, they will be small and simple. They will be large and elaborate if they form very rapidly at higher temperatures and high humidity.
The beauty and delicacy of the snowflake shows beyond doubt that God is the creator. This is, again, proof that He is, and that the Bible is His word. When we experience the winter weather let us not forget that, indeed, there are treasures in the snow. Rt 1 Box 116A, Belington, WV 26250. firstname.lastname@example.org
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