Today while I was out shoveling the driveway and sidewalk, I kept getting distracted by the beauty of the snowflakes that were falling on my jacket. It was just the perfect temperature and dryness that allowed for each individual flake to be seen with the naked eye. I took a few photos of snowflakes on my sleeve and shovel:
Aren’t they exquisite? Each one was unique and beautiful. It pained me a little to have to scoop up this precipitation art and cast it haphazardly into the yard. I could have spent all day capturing images of these beautiful flakes, but my chores were calling.
Naturally, it did get me thinking about God as Creator. It is simply not possible to see something so beautiful and complex, that is also part of our everyday experience, and not find your heart overflowing with praise and worship for the One who created it!
God desires and takes pleasure in expressing His attributes. Consider the snowflake: God did not have to make it beautiful or particularly complex. Snow could have served its purpose and been functional all while being plain in its appearance. To me, snowflakes seem to reveal His delight in creating beauty, simply for the sake of beauty and because He can. He is beauty. The complexity and uniqueness of each individual flake is akin to a divine shout at humanity that He exists. In fact, the Bible does tell us exactly that:
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20)
If you are a born again believer, you already know this to be true. If you are not a believer, I ask you to consider the snowflake. Does it really seem possible that something so complex, unique, beautiful and unexpected could occur by chance, out of chaos? Or, can you see the precision, order, and intelligent design that the snowflake makes plain? This same God who bothered to create something that surprises and delights us, just to show us that He exists, is the same God who willingly set aside His glory to take on human form and die a brutal death to pay for your sins. That same God rose on the third day, displaying His triumph and power over death. He is mighty to save, and He has promised to give eternal life to all who recognize that they are sinners, unable to save themselves, and believe in Him.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
Soli Deo Gloria!