My Creator Captives Me Through Snowflakes

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Here is a revisit of an old post, perfect for another snowy, cold December day!

We just got our first big snow storm here in balmy 10-degree Wyoming. About a foot! When I went outside to unbury my car the other day, running late for a lunch date, I was captivated in a way I haven’t been since I was a child.

It was the snowflakes again.

snowflakeAs a kid, I could lay in a snow bank forever, watching (and listening to) the big fat perfectly chiseled snowflakes land on my coat. I marveled at God’s intricate patterns and handiwork, realizing that no two were alike. It was so mind-blowing, even then. And you can’t describe the stillness and peace of laying outside during a snowstorm—one must experience it to know what I’m talking about.

As an adult, I forgot just how beautiful the snowflakes are. They are sooo tiny and yet so perfect and detailed. How can evolution explain the magnificent detail and beauty of a snowflake? What would be the point of the beauty, when everything is just functional or not.

snowflakes2Anyhow, I got thinking, how often do I just stop and notice all kinds of things around me that are equally marvelous, things that my amazing Creator formed with his powerful, creative, yet gentle hands? He is so AMAZING. I don’t ever want to forget to notice the little things, that are really the big things in life. Things that He created just for my enjoyment, and that I only took time to notice as a kid.

This winter, go out in a snow storm. Notice and listen to the snowflakes, and take time to commune with your marvelous Creator (those of you in Florida and other sunny locations will have to make a trip up north). By the way, these photos are all actual snowflakes!

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  • Gerry

    Julie:
    Good reminder! It's so easy especially at this time of the year to overlook the little things! Be Blessed!

    • jferwerd

      Thanks Gerry! Every day holds a miracle if we open our eyes :D.

  • Joy Valdez

    Hi Julie, just wanted you to know that I really appreciate this article. I too am captivated by God's masterfully artistic designs in nature. I am always pointing out to my travelling companions some tree, leaf, flower, cloud, coloration of an insect etc. Here in Trinidad we don't have snow, but our weather changes from the wet (rainy) to the dry season and believe me, God sure enough gives us a variety of His awesome designs. I recently returned from visiting my daughter in Jacksonville, Florida and was absolutely fascinated by the variety of colors of the leaves on the trees. I referred to this phenomenon as a time when "the leaves become flowers". I intend to write a poem about it as I have often done using the beauty I see, from God, around me here in Trinidad. I am truly grateful to Him for speaking so powerfully to us through nature. Praise His Holy name and thanks again for sharing. Joy

    • jferwerd

      Joy I think you should post some pictures of when "the leaves become flowers," it sounds delightful! I still want to get to Trinidad someday-it sounds amazing. A few of the nature phenomenon I loved in Florida were the bugs (I once saw a stick bug at night that was like 6 inches long!), and the Jacaranda trees. They are mighty trees and when they bloom, they are covered in lavender blossoms and no leaves. As the blossoms fall, they make a purple carpet on the ground. Yes, there are many things to marvel at!
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  • I miss the snow! One of these days I'll trek north and have some winter fun.

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    • Did you hear that? It was the sound of me fainting at the thought of that ginormous stick bug being anywhere near me. Thank goodness I fell onto that beautiful purple carpet and didn't get hurt. LOL

      Back on topic…

      LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!

      • jferwerd

        Hahaha…that is definitely one way in which we differ. I might well have been a entomologist for all that I love bugs! They are such a marvel to me.

  • JeremyJK

    I totally agree with you Julie that there is something tranquil and serene as you lie or stand in a snow fall and quiet your mind and soul and allow the moment to wash over you. One has to experience the moment to appreciate the description. As I read your post I picked up on the part where you describe God's gentle hands chiseling out the snowflakes. Our transcendent, all-powerful God creating such a tiny masterpiece. Wow! How many masterpieces melt away in time upon our coats as we take in their beauty before they fade away. Or how they fall upon the ground to create a larger masterpiece as all those snowflakes unite to blanket a beautiful landscape with pure white. There's a message or sermon here I think…God Bless You!

    • jferwerd

      Master-pieces…yes. Today it was so cold and there was just enough moisture in the air that the air sparkled like diamonds in the sunlight. Another one of my favorite winter scenes!

  • About a foot! When I went outside to unbury my car the other day, running late for a lunch date, I was captivated in a way I haven’t been since I was a child.

  • We just got our first big snow storm here in balmy 10-degree Wyoming. About a foot! When I went outside to unbury my car the other day, running late for a lunch date, I was captivated in a way I haven’t been since I was a child.