The Study of Small Objects

William “Snowflake” Bentley (1865–1931) studied snowflakes. After taking pictures of 5000 or more, he determined that no two were alike. What they did have in common was that they were all made of frozen water and all had sixty degrees between their axes!

Thankfully, people recognized the worth of this study and the Smithsonian Institution Archives have several hundred of his photos in its collection. He is considered a pioneer in photomicrography, that is the study of small objects.

Ironically, he died after catching pneumonia walking home through a blizzard.

Wikipedia explains that a snowflake is a single ice crystal of a certain size, which might join with others and then falls as snow. Individual snowflakes differ in detail from one another, but are categorized in eight groups and eighty or more variants of each. Basic ice crystal shapes are known as needle, column, plate, and rime. 

When I consider that miniscule snowflake, each one different from the other, I find myself properly grateful for people like you and I. We are much larger than snowflakes and yet God, the creator of all things, takes the time to make us different one from another. Even identical twins are rarely actually totally identical.

And thus, we can say that God knows who we are and we can take him at his word when he says. 

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)

For I know the plans I have for you—this is the Lord’s declaration—plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) 

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