But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has devised a clever way to bring the wonder
of macro photography to the minuscule world of snowflakes. Using a homemade rig comprised
of a working camera lens, a wooden board, some screws and old camera parts, Kljatov captures the breathtaking intricacies of snow, six-sided symmetry and all. (Huffpost)
Some days an idea for a post just kind of pops into my head.
It’s more or less like a random thought that just appears out of nowhere.
The proverbial wee small voice that speaks out of the darkness bringing
a notion into clarity.
I call it the Holy Spirit…others call it a coincidence, the subconscious or a dream
that woke up…
For me, it’s not some sort of audible voice booming down from the mountain top,
rather it’s just a thought that enters into the consciousness and makes its presence known.
So I tend to turn these pop-ups over, mulling and pondering while trying to figure a sharable angle.
I mentally formulate words and a sort of sequence and flow to this ‘out of the blue’ thought.
And so one day last week, it was the notion of our creation of uniqueness and individuality,
by the hands of God, which spoke rather loud and clear…
but more importantly, it was that of His signature marks.
Psalm 139 came into focus as I was ruminating over this idea…
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
We are each individual and unique in His eyes.
We are each capable of having a very unique and personal relationship with Him.
Not so much the collective mass of humanity, but He is very interested in each one of
So I thought of the opening verse to this post…
about how we have been compared to as the clay as God is the potter.
He works us and molds us uniquely with His hands.
If you’ve ever worked with clay…say making something by hand or throwing a pot on the wheel,
you will notice that your fingerprints (or those of the potter) will actually dry in the clay.
Fire the piece in a kiln and those individual fingerprints become apart of the pottery.
I can remember a particular episode of M.A.S.H. when Hawkeye took off rather foolheartedly
to the front line in order to work the triage unit…all unbeknownst to Colonel Potter.
The triage units (for the Korean War which was what M.A.S.H. was based on) were mostly
comprised of exhausted and overworked medics who would frantically work to patch up
the wounded as best they could before transporting the wounded to a MASH unit for more
advanced surgeries, stabilizing and a bit of recovery before sending them to,
in this case, Tokyo before heading stateside or… in some cases patching them
up only to send them back to the battle lines.
During this particular episode, the shelling was so fierce and the 4077 had lost
all radio contact with the front lines.
B.J. and Colonel Potter were both worried sick about Hawkeye and his survival
not to mention that they were now short a surgeon.
As the transports began to arrive at the 4077th, B.J. and company began the hours of surgery
on the wounded who were pouring in…
B.J. was up to his elbows inside some kids guts, working on putting this kid back together,
when he joyously exclaimed that Hawkeye was indeed alive and well because this particular
kid, who had been first quickly stitched up on the front, was stiched up by Hawkeye.
B.J. knew this because he knew Hawkeye’s signature stitchery.
As it seems surgeons can have their own unique way of sewing and splicing us back together.
Their own signature marks.
My husband who is a watchmaker by trade can most often work on a clock and
actually be able to tell how many times and when the last time the clock
had been worked on.
A watch/clock repairman will leave a small unique mark scratched on the inside back metal
plate covering of the clock.
It’s a way of letting future watchmakers know when, where and how a clock was worked on.
And so the idea of signature marks became apparent that this was the “thought”
I was to work out and later share…here.
We’ve got God’s fingerprints all over us.
We are known, by Him, inside and out.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
And so as I contemplated what sort of image I needed to share which somehow reflected
this notion of God’s unique signature which in turn makes each of us unique…
the thought of snowflakes came to mind.
We all know that snowflakes are all different…meaning no individual snowflake is the same.
They are not cookie cut from some sort of mold or limited to a handful of shapes or patterns.
I found this story on HuffPost about a Russian photographer who has figured out a way of
capturing with hyperfocus macro images of snowflakes.
I looked at these images and was amazed by the intricate artistic details of each of these tiny
They each look like tiny glass sculptures of a variety of shapes, complete with designs
that appear to be comprised of tiny perfect hearts, flowers, arrows, feathers…
each one being symmetrical, equal, balanced…all the components and elements of what
makes art, art…
So if you think it’s a random fluke of nature that snowflakes can look like these tiny pieces
of amazing design and yet have no connection to something Divine or of that which
is greater than man himself…then I think you need to consider the idea of signature marks.
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?”
It is NOT coincidence. You are correct. The Holy Spirit speaks in booming voices in one moment and in quiet whispers the next, but that recurring thought that you must write on a topic… I love it when that happens.
It does seem there is always enough to post about, and I often wonder where the ideas come from. I don’t know if I am His instrument or not. I just know I try to be.
Amen Tom—I just try to be a vessel 🙂
Dear Julie, what a blessing you have shared with us who know the hand of God upon us and His Spirit within us. Blessings as He continues to speak through you of His handiwork. 🙂
Thank you Fran—it is you who is a blessing and inspiration to me!
God’s bloggers – Seed planters and harvesters with those who water and fertilize making the plant strong and mature.. Julie, you do “water and fertilize” me. Thank.
thank you Oneta…I can’t begin to tell you how much you continue to bless me…
It is great to water healthy and thirsty plants. Well it is a blessing to water the weak ones also. Please use us in this way, Lord Jesus.
if the singular design of a random snowflake does not preach the gospel in simpleness and sincerity, and does not reach the most coldest of hearts as to the Creator, then I suppose the gospel of the grace of God will miss its mark too.
What dark and callous hearts these must be eh jewels, to be so dismissive of pure gold.
I don’t get it C.S.— I just don’t understand— I don’t understand their how and why—it’s like standing in front of a red stop sign and insisting its green and says go— May their blinders fall away
So amazing the picture of God’s creation