Just a moment! That phrase, the snowflake generation, nowadays refers to our Western society, so restrained by political correctness that they are afraid to takes risks or show their heads above the parapet. But instead let’s consider the creation of the microscopic works of art that are deposited on our planet in very cold weather.
I’ve been visiting a Christian neighbour, as he’s been settling into a new phase of his life in a local care home, while his relatives help him to get his bungalow ready for sale. On one of my visits he let me borrow a big pictorial volume of beautiful photographs of snowflakes that had been treasured by his late wife.
At church, as I passed it around amongst older members who had known her, I quoted two significant sentences written by the Canadian camera man:
‘The unruly whorls and eddies in the air drive each snowflake through a chaotic convoluted path as it grows, resulting in a great variety of final patterns. In this way, The Wind [my capital initials] becomes the artist creating a multitude of unique ice sculptures using only the simplest of raw materials.’ (‘The Art of the Snowflake, a Photographic Album’ by Kenneth Libbrecht)
These microscopic works of art don’t just form themselves randomly. Each snowflake is a creation of the eternal Artist, as Job’s young friend Elihu asserted:
‘God’s voice’ speaks them into being, for ‘He directs the snow to fall on the earth’ (Job 37:5-6, all quotations from the New Living Translation). ‘God‘s breath sends the ice‘ (Job 37:13. See also Job 37:6-18 and 38:22-30). ‘Have you visited the storehouse of the snow? … ‘Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from heaven?’ (Job 38:22, 29).
The Hebrew hymnal, the book of Psalms, in the crescendo of its last few sacred songs reminds us that: ‘… the Lord … your God, O Zion … sends the snow like white wool, he scatters the frost upon the ground like ashes. He hurls the hail like stones…. Then, at his command, it all melts’ (Psalm 147:12-18).
By the creative Scriptures . . .
Since the physical human ear does not detect the speaking voice of the divine Artist, he has given us a written account of his creative and ruling words in Scripture:
‘He has revealed his words … to Israel. He has not done this for any other nation; they do not know his regulations. Praise the Lord!’ (Psalm 147:19-20).
Compare Psalm 148:0, especially verses Psalm 148:7 and 8: ‘Praise the Lord … snow and clouds, winds and weather that obey him.’
. . . and by the creative Spirit of God
When our Lord was talking to the Jewish Bible teacher, Nicodemus, he took this same metaphor about the creative power for new birth ‘from above’, liking this miracle of spiritual regeneration to the mysterious eddying of ‘the wind’. ‘The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain … people [who] are born of the Spirit’ (John 3:8, according to the Greek text).
Ephesians 2:10 ‘. . . we are God’s masterpiece [Greek poema = “work of art”]. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’
*Live on the cutting edge of the Spirit’s promptings and be a unique spiritual product of the divine Artist.