KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | January 2014

The Snowflake and You

By Melissa Bradshaw

Did you know that snow is mentioned in the Bible? There are verses that tell us that when Jesus washes away our sins, we become whiter than snow. (Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 51:7)

Then there are verses about Naaman and Miriam having leprosy (a symbol of sin) as white as snow. (2 Kings 5:27; Numbers 12:10) Other verses tell us that God’s hair and garments are white as snow. (Revelation 1:14; Daniel 7:9) Snow is mentioned 24 times in the Bible!

snowflake in the cityThere are so many fun things you can do in the snow—build a snowman, construct an igloo, make a snow angel, and go sledding or skiing. But what makes up all that snow that we enjoy playing in so much? Well, it is an accumulation of individual snowflakes.

Recently, I was helping my daughter with a science assignment that was about snowflakes. Have you ever heard the phrase “no two snowflakes are alike”? Well, a gentleman named Wilson A. Bentley, from the small town of Jericho, Vermont, made this discovery.

In 1885, after combining a microscope and a camera, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake. His many years of diligent work saw him eventually capture more than 5,000 snowflake pictures in his lifetime. Never did he see two snowflakes that were the same.

This is what Mr. Bentley said about the snowflakes: “Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

I love the part that says, “Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.” It reminds me of the care that Jesus took in creating us. Just like a snowflake, each one of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation and not one of us is ever repeated. Even twins are not exactly alike.

You are very special to Jesus. Only you can be the person Jesus created you to be. In Psalm 139:14, David said that he was “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God. And just as the beauty of every little snowflake gives glory to our great Creator, each person has been “created in Christ Jesus for good works.” (Ephesians 2:10)

By simply falling to the Earth, a snowflake adds beauty to its surroundings and speaks of its Maker. And as you allow Jesus to live in you, others will “see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Remember today that you have been made unique. You are special in God’s sight, and like the beautiful snowflakes, your life will add beauty to this world!

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