Tom and Jenny and the Snowflakes

'Quick, Jenny, it's snowing!' shouted Tom.

Jenny rushed to her window to see a beautiful, white world. They got ready quickly and started to make a snowman before breakfast. They hurried to school to join in a great snowball fight, so it was an excited group who tried to settle down in the classroom.

Miss Wright decided on a snow lesson. 'How deep is the snow?' she asked. Ralph was sent out to a level area with a ruler. It was 7.5 cm. (3 inches) deep. Miss Wright told them it takes about 10 cm. (4 inches) of snow to melt to 1 cm. (4/10 inch) of rain, but that it varies with the type of snow.

'How is snow different from hail?' asked Babs,

'Both are frozen water. Sometimes a raindrop falling through a high cloud gets blown upwards to the cold part and is frozen. As it falls, more water vapour is frozen on it. This may happen several times, and there have been hail stones as big as tennis balls!'

'They'd kill you!' exclaimed Bob.

'They were one of the plagues that killed the Egyptians' cattle, weren't they?' asked Tom.

'Yes,' agreed Miss Wright, 'but it's very rare.'

'Snowflakes are formed when water vapour freezes fast and turns straight into ice in a very cold cloud. Water molecules then form into beautiful, six-sided crystals. They make marvellous patterns, like these - and all of them are different!'

She showed them a photograph of some snow crystals under a microscope.

'Aren't they lovely!' said Jenny. 'Are they the Treasures of the Snow mentioned in the Bible, I wonder?'

'Please let's get our microscope out and see them,' pleaded Babs.

'I don't think you will see much, but you may try,' replied Miss Wright.

Blue snow flakeThe class had a small microscope and some hand lenses. They opened the window, caught a fluffy snowflake and put it on a slide. Of course, it melted. They let the microscope get cold and tried again.

'Stop breathing!' said Ralph. Babs held her breath. What she saw was beautiful, but made of so many six-sided crystals frozen together that the shapes were muddled. Several children tried, but they saw more later when they were allowed to take hand-lenses and black paper out at break.

'Snow is useful because it is a poor conductor of heat,' continued Miss Wright, 'so when it covers the ground it keeps the heat in and protects from frost - just like a blanket.'

'Two years ago, it stayed frozen so thick on our big oak tree that it fell over,' said Peter.

'That's why most leaves fall off in the winter. In full leaf, snow would uproot most trees. You notice our fir trees have needle-shaped leaves that let the snow slip off.'

After school, Tom and Jenny raced home to finish their snowman. It got much colder, and next day Peter told them that frost ferns had grown on his window. He lived in a cottage with no central heating or double glazing.

'The water vapour in your bedroom has frozen to crystals on the cold glass,' explained Miss Wright. 'When vapour condenses to water on the edges of grass, we call it dew. When it freezes to crystals, it is frost.'

Several children went to see Peter's ferns.

Back home, Jenny said, 'Snow and frost are so beautiful! All those millions of crystal patterns in the snow. Can God see all of them?'

'I suppose He can,' said Tom. 'No one else can enjoy them all.'

'Yes, it's God who orders snow,' said Mother. 'Look at JOB chapter 37, verse 6 and see what God says about it.'

This is what they read: "For he saith to the snow, Be thou (fall) on the earth..." They also read from PSALM 147, verses 16-18: "He spreads the snow like wool and scatters frost like ashes."

They found that wind, hail, rain and frost are all governed by God.

Pink, green, purple and yellow snowflake'But best of all,' said Mother, 'because the Lord Jesus came to die for us, God says that "...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..." (ISAIAH 1:18).'

by Esmée Geering

Source: 'Creation Ex-Nihilo: Our World'