“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?” Job 38:22
I noticed this mysterious verse a couple of years ago as I was preparing to teach at a winter women’s event. Was there truly was some type of “treasure” the Lord wanted to reveal through His creation of snow? So, I began studying snow… and I immediately found treasure.
The Bible says that God uses His creation to reveal Himself to us. Romans 1 says, “Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature.”
I want to see His invisible qualities!
A snowflake begins as a tiny piece of floating dust. Water vapor in the air sticks to the dust and turns into ice. Branches begin to form. Each snowflake is so intricate and full of beauty.
Yet they began as dust. Sounding familiar?
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7
The floating dust particle (snowflake) begins to experience harsh weather through a storm or frigid temperatures. We begin to see the power of God take a tiny speck of dust and reshape it into something breathtakingly beautiful. The transformation of the snowflake mirrors our life with Christ!
As we enter into our own harsh storms, God begins a miraculous transformation and a “treasure” begins to be revealed in us.
But we have this TREASURE in earthen vessels,
that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.2 Corinthians 4:7-10
God is creating the EXACT CONDITIONS in which we can be formed into the beautiful image of His Son. Through the storms, we are hard-pressed on every side yet not crushed! Beauty arises as the life of Jesus becomes made manifest through us! If God would put that much time and care into a snowflake, how much MORE will He care for us whom were predestined to be conformed into the image of His Son!
We have to stay the course and trust the Lord that He is working in us and He is using the storms for good. How we respond to harsh spiritual conditions is critical.
I found one type of sad snowflake called an IRREGULAR snowflake.
“Irregular snowflakes” have a hard life blowing about in a turbulent cloud, so that they arrive on the ground broken, ill-formed, and generally in bad shape.
That is definitely what I looked like before I gave my life to Christ… broken, ill-formed, and generally in bad shape!
I still start looking like this when I stop trusting the Lord and staying in His Word during a trial.
As I continued to study, I came across the “Needle Snowflake.” It is very rare and unique. It has long narrow needles and is one of the slenderest snowflakes.
My jaw dropped when it’s picture popped up. Is that not the most beautiful snowflake you have ever seen? God wasn’t kidding about creation pointing to Him!
Through everything God made, we can clearly see His invisible qualities! I will never look at snow the same. This winter when it snows, I will be thinking of the beautiful and rare “needle snowflake” that has been perfectly transformed through the harsh storms. May it be true of our lives as well.
He is using all things together for good to conform us into the image of His Son!
May our children to see Christ in us… and also the lost and dying world that He came to save!
God, when we have been weakened by harsh circumstances and storms,
help us to keep pressing in and believing you are doing a great work in us.
Thank you that you are using the storms in our lives to transform us, not crush us.
May we not ‘melt away’ having never shown the world the greatest treasure, Your Son.
May we care more about Jesus being seen through us than we do about our comfort.
May the life of Christ be manifested in us as we continue to yield to His Sovereign control in our lives!
God, fill us afresh with Your Spirit and use us to share Christ with the world!
Stephanie has a passion to see women of all ages engaged with the Word of God. The ministry, “Good Soil Girls” is an overflow of her love and devotion to the Word of God and that passion. When she is not teaching God’s Word to young women or encouraging others through her blog, she is home-schooling her six precious children. Stephanie is also the adoring bride of Tim. You can read more about their story on her blog. For more information about Stephanie, please visit her blog.