How much does a snowflake weigh?
Someone who measures such things determined that an individual snowflake weighs 0.02* grams. At that weight it would take 50 flakes to make a gram. For comparison, a Hershey’s kiss weighs 4.7 grams – equal to about 235 snowflakes. There are about 95 kisses in a pound. Using the kiss-to-snow crystal calculator that comes to 22,325 snowflakes/pound.
*this would be the heaviest end of the spectrum. Most are much lighter, weighing from 0.001 to 0.003 grams.
In reality, it’s hard to measure the weight of a snowflake. For one thing, each snowfall is different. Some snow is light and fluffy, and some is heavy and wet. That’s due to the water content in the snow, which is related to the temperature high in the clouds where the flakes began forming, and the temperature of the air they fall through.
An individual snowflake doesn’t weigh much in the big scheme of things. Yet God designed each one uniquely, placing great care in its creation.
And despite its miniscule weight, it still manages to fall to earth, again as part of God’s plan.
Why am I bringing up snowflakes during winter?
Because of last night.
Last night, while worshipping, I “saw” how snow & the weight of His glory relate in how they both fall.
Each snowflake is designed for a purpose, and only fulfills that purpose when it falls with the rest of the snowflakes in the same snowfall or storm.
On its own, it isn’t particularly heavy, but when you add up the weight it forms when it piles up, it can be quite significant.
Each snowflake’s composition is perfect for the design of its fall, the exact amount of water contained within to be the perfect part of the team alongside the other snowflakes….all unique yet made to fall together.
There are two ways snow is a great example of the weight of His glory.
We are all like those snowflakes. And He will perfectly fill us with the right amount of water (living water, His Presence) so we are filled for the purpose we are to live out that day….so we can share it with those around us.
His glory? Its weight falls like the snowflake. Perfectly attuned and made for its recipient. And when a group gathers seeking His Presence, the weight of His glory gets heavier, as He falls on everyone in the room. Some can sense it landing heavily, others sense a light touch. He uniquely meets each of us with the exact right weight, more than enough for us in that exact moment, but never exactly like someone else’s.
Just like each snowflake, God’s Presence falls on each of us how He knows it will best soak in & water us.
When the weight of His glory falls heavily, as a heavy snowstorm can cause traffic to come to a standstill, so does time seem to come to a standstill. The air gets thick, charged with power and spiritual electricity as He enters the room in His majesty.
The weight of His glory
falls snowflake by snowflake
until the full weight
of His tangible Presence
in a fantastic
Unlike how we have no control over the snowfall, we can ask God to come to us.
His word promises He will come when we seek Him:
Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit.
-Jesus, Acts 1:8
He will come when we seek Him. Exactly how & the when is up to Him. Who He falls on with the weight of His glory? That depends on us:
Read the Word. The God you find described there is real, and wants a real relationship with you.
Take some time to seek Him every day. Even a five minute break can be used by Him to refresh you. An extended period of time where you just seek and wait for Him? Even better. Even in the midst of being about His business on a short timetable, Jesus still made the time to spend with His Father:
As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.
Luke 5:16 MSG
Worship Him for who He is. He loves to be praised, and promises to live where He is honored & lifted high:
Yet you are holy,enthroned on the praises of Israel, Your people.
Psalm 22:3 ESV
Thank Him for what He has done. For making you His. For caring for you. For the blessings He has already poured out on you and the ones He promises are to come:
I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Jeremiah 29:11 MSG
Believe He will come:
Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a mustard or poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.
Matthew 17:20 MSG
Just like the snow, which continues to fall, so will the weight of His glory when we keep seeking Him.
It may feel like a snowflake landing on your nose. It may be like a tingle or charge of static electricity. It may feel like a heaviness on your shoulders. It may feel like a heat wave, a fresh burst of wind, bubbling up joy or a peace unlike any you have ever known.
He will come. Just as sure as winter will always come again!
(PS. Here is a great song to hear to help set the atmosphere to seek Him: Weight of Glory)
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