Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Scripture Thursday ~ Treasures of the Snow


Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?
or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

Job 38:22

Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10


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Living on the coast of Maine, we get to experience all four seasons.  Winter is one of my favorite seasons to get my camera out and photograph God's beautiful creation.  When the snow is fresh and untouched, it’s like millions of tiny diamonds firing light in every direction, almost like they are alive.  I love the stillness that the snow brings, a quiet calm.  It reminds me of the verse above. 

Wilson A. Bentley ~ The Snowflake Man
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Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) was from a small town in Vermont,  He was given a microscope at the age of 15, and became fascinated with snowflakes.  He attracted world attention with his work in photographing snowflakes, or snow crystals as they are also called.  By attaching a camera to his microscope, he perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they melted.   In 1885 he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal 


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He captured more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike.  Aren't they fascinating? 

"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. 
~ Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley 1925
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With the more modern equipment of today, here is a more detailed photograph of a snowflake.

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WOWZA!  Isn't it beautiful?   Bentley called them, a masterpiece of design, and no one design was ever repeated.  

Truly, God's handiwork is evident here.  God speaks about the "treasures of the snow" to Job.


Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?
or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

Job 38:22


 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed
by the word of God,
so that the things which are seen were not made
of things which are visible.

Hebrews 11:3



All I have seen, teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882 ~

Today's verse from Psalm 46:10, and the WORDart used in the photo collage above, is free for you from Karen at Papercraft Memories.  Karen makes the most delightful WORDart in both .png and .jpg formats for your personal digital work. 

Try using a magnifying glass and investigating a snowflake, or other piece of nature that God has given you.  You may be surprised by what you find. 

Is your life fast paced, hectic, busy, on screech?  Take time to:

Be Still.....

and know......
that I am God....
Psalm 46:10


Linking this post to Vee's January Notecard Party
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24 comments:

MaxineD said...

Abby this is a beautiful post - we do not get snow very often where I live, and when we do it does not stay, so to see these photos is such a special blessing. Thank you.
Blessings
Maxine

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your pics are beautiful, the snowflakes are too-enjoy:@)

Granggie said...

Beautiful Abby! Thank you!
What an amazing God we serve...just one more of His treasures...snow!
Hoping to have at least one beautiful snow this year here in NC!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Thanks snow much for this sweet sweet post : )

have A Great day!

Vee said...

Oh mercifully I have not had too many "on screech" days of late. Those are rough!

What beauty! I enjoyed learning more about Mr. Bentley. Currently, I am very intrigued with Jill's work that I have featured on my blog and Pinterest. She's finding similar beauty and she can not help but think about the extravagance of God Who, for the largest part, is the only One Who will see and appreciate His creations. It blows the mind!

Thanks for participating, Abby!

Shoregirl said...

Abby, what a beautiful collage you have made with your winter pictures! I too love how calm and peaceful everything is during/after a snow storm! (AND I'm pretty excited that we're supposed to get some snow tonight!)
The verse you paired with your pictures is perfect --- so MANY times being out in nature has drawn my heart to God in worship!
Thanks for sharing with us today!

Sue said...

The collage is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing the info. about Mr Bentley, I also was blessed by the scriptures you shared.
Blessings,
Sue

Karen Murray said...

What beautiful pictures, Abby! Snow makes me feel the same way. I can't help but feel the stillness and feel God in it. I love snow days! Thanks for using my WORDart and linking to me.
~Karen

TLady said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS ABBY!!!!!!!!!!! :) LOOOOOOOOOVE YOUR COLLAGE (& the other photos you've given us!) :) THANK YOU!!!!!!!! :)

silverfeather said...

I love this post, Abby! Thank you so much for the collage and the reminders of our wonderful Creator!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

nice - love all the info. have a great day. glad you linked up to the Note Card Party. ( :

Stephanie said...

Beautiful and so stunning! This was a lovely post - thank you for sharing :)
Enjoy your weekend!

Hugs,
Stephanie

Noelle the dreamer said...

I very much liked this post Abby! LEarned a thing or two yet again!
Keep warm and blessings to you and yours,

Karen Letchworth said...

Abby: I can see why winter is a favorite season for you in your area - the photos really capture what you have fallen in love with seeing. I do so miss those views (similar to Minnesota). However, if I do ever get to come visit you, I think I will come when it is warmer. LOL
Your post is a blessing to me, as they always are. You share so much information that makes us all really THINK about the goodness of our God. Thank you, my friend.
Blessings,
Karen
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Sü Smith said...

What an incredible post! I've always been fascinated by geometry in relation to spirituality and scripture, such as the Jesus fish or Ichthus and the different Christian stars. The snowflake images and your photos are absolutely gorgeous! We had a very pretty blanket of snow fall this morning, for which I was grateful. It seemed a bit strange to have winter with not so much snow this year.

This post really speaks to me in a number of ways. Furthermore, the Psalm 46:10 verse reminder is in perfect timing in the way of affirmation, as this week has been so very busy! Despite my busy schedule, I've been making nightly "time out" sessions again, reading scripture and soaking in "me time", despite my busy work load this week. Yesterday specifically, I had to force myself to do so and was so glad I did. You know what? During that time I had one of my biggest sale days ever! After taking some time out, I went back to my inbox and had the most sales I have ever seen in such a short amount of time. It was like God was sending me a little message of approval. ::winks:: I am well aware that money is not the most important thing in the world, but it definitely makes life a bit easier. I have been practicing gratitude more often as well. Huge hugs! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Sü

Mrs R said...

Abby, simply beautiful! I love Maine. We last visited in Sept '12. The weather was just turning cold. The ocean was beautiful!

Jennifer said...

Abby, reading your post, it's been such a blessing! How absolutely amazing God is and how he is so interested in the minuet details. May the Lord be continually exalted!

Delisa said...

Hi Abby! My name is Delisa, I am 49 years old and I live out in the country in a small town in Georgia. This is my first time visiting your beautiful blog. I just loved your post today about snowflakes. I love to knit and crochet and recently bought a book on 100 Crocheted Snowflakes. I wanted to make all 100 and hang them in the windows of my sewing room/studio. We get lots of frost, but It only snows here once or twice a year, if that. I hope that you have a lovely evening ahead! Delisa :)

budgeteer said...

I cannot get over the magnificence of the amazing snowflake. Each one unique and perfect. What a master craftsman our God is!

Lesley x

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is astounding Abby. Thanks so very much for sharing it.

Blessing hugs,
Teresa

no spring chicken said...

Snowflake Bentley? What makes us think of him this time of year? ;)
I posted a link to him a few days ago and I noticed the beautiful snowflake 'notecards' that were submitted this time around too. Beautiful creations of God captured beautifully by an amazing man..

Your pictures along with Psalm 46:10.. gorgeous.

Blessings, Debbie

Pamelyn said...

Oh Abby, you truly astound me every time I read your blog! I grew up in Florida and about all I knew about snow was from the people moving South trying to escape it! Thank you for helping me experience the wonder of snow from someone who really appreciates it as God's handiwork!

Pamelyn

Naomi@What Joy Is Mine said...

Abby...being a photography, I loved learning about Mr. Bentley and his photography of snowflakes. Pretty cool! Thank you for sharing his story friend.

Pamela said...

This is so beautifully written, Abby. And so fascinating. I've heard each snowflake is one of a kind, but knowing the story makes it more amazing. The center picture in your collage is breathtaking!