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Feb 2010

Snow: Let It Lead You to Worship

If you’re like me you have had countless responses to the snow in the last few days…from joy to frustration. But what about awe…what about wonder….what about worship?
I’m serious, has the snow over the last few days moved you to worship God, the Creator and Sustainer of all?
If not, maybe it should.
How so?
I’m glad you asked, I came across this meditation that I had downloaded years ago from John Piper. I used it one Sunday evening the week after we were canceled by a snowfall. Just as I was those years ago, reading this today drew me to worship…I pray it does the same for you (b/c it looks like we will be getting more of the white stuff this weekend).

Let me give you a brief Biblical Meterology lesson.
We were cancelled because of a snow storm, but what does that have to do with knowing God?
To see that we need to see where snow comes from.
Well, the sky. The sky? Frozen water will come out of the clear blue sky?
First it starts out as just water. Water will have to be carried in the sky from the ocean, over several hundred miles and then typically, be poured out from the sky onto the land.
Carried? How much does it weigh?
Well, if one inch of rain falls on one square mile of land during the night, that would be 27,878,400 cubic feet of water, which is 206,300,160 gallons, which is 1,650,501,280 pounds of water.

That’s heavy. So how does it get up in the sky and stay up there if it’s so heavy? Well, it gets up there by evaporation. What’s it mean? It means that the water sort of stops being water for a while so it can go up and not down. I see. Then how does it get down? Well, condensation happens. What’s that? The water starts becoming water again by gathering around little dust particles between .00001 and .0001 centimeters wide. That’s small.

What about the salt? Salt? Yes, the ocean is salt water. That would kill the grass and crops. What about the salt? Well, the salt has to be taken out. Oh. So the sky picks up a billion pounds of water from the sea and takes out the salt and then carries it for three hundred miles and then dumps it on the land?

But it can’t just dump it. What do you think would happen if the sky just dumped a million pounds of water? So the sky dribbles the billion pounds water down in little drops. These drops have to be big enough to fall for one mile or so without evaporating, and small enough to keep from crushing the grass or grains.

How do all these microscopic specks of water that weigh a billion pounds get heavy enough to fall (if that’s the way to ask the question)? Well, it’s called coalescence. What’s that? It means the specks of water start bumping into each other and join up and get bigger. And when they are big enough, they fall. Just like that? Well, not exactly, because they would just bounce off each other instead of joining up, if there were no electric field present.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Our sovereign God created this unfathomable process, and when the temperatures in the atmosphere are at a certain level, these microscopic particles that gather together begin to freeze. Their bonds take on a different form.
If it stays there, it’s just sleet, frozen water, ice crystals. But when the temperatures are just right, these microscopic bonds, that are formed by the transference of heat in the colder atmosphere, are strong enough to stay together as they fall. Multiple crystals all together.

Now, from water in the ocean, evaporated, purged of its salt, weighing over a billion pounds, is frozen, bound together in crystal form, able to fall over a mile, and retain it’s absolutely unique shape.

The average size of a snowflake is 15mm. That means that just to dust the ground of 1 square mile, approximately 8 TRILLION, 475 BILLION, 33 MILLION, 600 THOUSAND had to fall. And we had several inches of snow. That means that tens of trillions of the most beautiful works of art fell to the ground last Sunday night.

imagrs

1 Comments

Amber

February 2 2010 Reply

amazing. while playing outside with the boys and looking out at the snow, like little crystals, i seriously fell to tears. jaedon and i sat in awe as we witnessed His beauty. we worshiped.

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