2255) “Stop and Consider God’s Wonders”

Job 37:14  —  Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.

Psalm 145:5b  —  I will meditate on your wonderful works.

Psalm 147:16  —  He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.

Job 37:6a…7a  —  God says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’… so that everyone he has made may know his work…

Romans 1:20  —  Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.


     One of the wonderful works of God is the snowflake.  In Minnesota we get to see lots of snowflakes, but mostly we see them piled up by the trillions, creating beauty and causing trouble, all at once.  We have heard that each snowflake is unique, and to look at an individual snowflake is truly an opportunity to ‘stop and consider one of God’s wonders,’ as Job 37:14 says.  Individual snowflakes are hard to see, though, being so small and quick to melt in your hand or even on your coat.  So when I saw these wonderful photographs of snowflakes, I wanted share them.  Enjoy viewing these tiny wonders of God’s creation.


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.  –Wilson Bentley


Photographer Alexey Kljatov has a special talent for capturing the brief life of these beautiful ice creations.  He features many of his snowflake photos on Flickr.  Kljatov says, “I capture snowflakes at the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by LED flashlight from opposite side of glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background.”

Here is some of his impressive work:

macro snowflake photo
CC BY-NC 3.0 Alexey Kljatov
O God, we thank you for this universe, our great home; for its vastness and its riches, and for the abundance of the life which teems upon it and of which we are part.  We praise thee for the arching sky and the blessed winds, for the driving clouds and the stars on high.  We praise thee for the salt sea and the running water, for the everlasting hills, for the trees, and for the grass under our feet.  We thank you for our senses by which we can see the splendor of the morning, hear the jubilant songs of love, and smell the breath of the springtime.  Grant us, we pray, a heart wide open to all this joy and beauty.  Save our souls from being so steeped in care or so darkened by passion that we pass heedless and unseeing when even the thorn bush by the wayside is aflame with the glory of God.  AMEN.