People in warm climates are often thankful they do not have to experience winter. But one lovely thing they miss out on is the beauty of a snow-covered landscape when much of the grime and unattractiveness of the earth is covered over with the beauty of a soft white blanket of snow.
Millions of tons of snow fall over large areas each year. We are filled with wonder when we stop to realize that all of the snow is entirely made up of delicate, beautifully designed snowflakes, so small that one would scarcely cover your little fingernail. And such beautiful designs! People who study and photograph them continually prove, to their amazement, that no two snowflakes are alike.
With few exceptions, snowflakes are always six-sided. Sometimes the six sides are flat and straight, but more often they have six beautifully designed arms coming out from a circle, forming a common center which has its own design. Each spear-like arm matches the others on the same flake, but, as mentioned above, no two flakes have been found that are exactly alike. A scientist who made photographs of more than 400,000 snowflakes verified in his pictures that this was truly so. Isn't that amazing! No one but the Lord God could create so many different designs.
Snowflakes form in the clouds. They begin as tiny specks of dust surrounded by little droplets of water that change into flakes as freezing air blows on them. As they fall, many collide, changing the shapes from which they started and landing on earth with sometimes less than six sides, or becoming long and narrow. But each snowflake has its part in forming the snowy landscapes that attract skiers, tobogganers and photographers.
Even more important, the snow on mountains, that becomes deeper with each snowfall, is held in the cold temperatures of these high altitudes until hot summer months. Then a gradual melting releases snow in the form of water into streams and rivers to supply necessary moisture to forests, meadows and farms in the lower areas — wise planning by the Creator of all things.
In the Bible there is a lovely verse which says, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (Isaiah 1:18). By "reasoning together" we understand that the Lord Jesus died on the cross to wash away our sins, and any who will confess to God that they are sinners and accept His offer to be their Saviour are saved.
If He is not your Saviour, He invites you to come to Him right now and He will accept you as one of His own, making your sins "as white as snow" in His sight!
Copied with permission from Messages of God's Love. More articles in The Wonders of God's Creation (Volume 1-4) by Sidney R. Gill, also published by Bible Truth Publishers.
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