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Frosted windowpanes, candles gleaming inside ……..

All of these photos are posted on flickr.com by the photographers listed. Thanks for the incredible pics guys!

The frost in these pictures is an excellent example of beauty in an everyday occurrence. For many, frost is simply a nuisance, something that must be removed from the car windshield to get to work on time. It’s a shame; some of the details in the ice are astounding! God takes uninteresting and sometimes irritating aspects of nature and creates works of art, like a hard frost. If you are a farmer in Florida, the last thing you want to see is frost on your crops. But if you consider it from an artistic point of view, its hard to deny the beauty. All of nature is a testimony to God’s great design, like sunsets and sunrises, ripples dancing on a lake, sunlight glistening on the snow, the patterns in the frost.

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photo courtesy of Wikipedia – frost

If you click on the above picture, it will take to Wikipedia’s page on frost; there are some really nice photos and good articles explaining how frost is formed.

Exodus 16:13-15

13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

There are two aspects of God’s provision for his people: there is the physical aspect. The Israelites complained to Moses about not having enough food so God provided manna. It was like white flakes of frost on the ground. God gave them bread from heaven to satisfy their hunger, a physical need.

After the flood, God put a rainbow in the sky as a reminder to man that he would never flood the earth again. While God did not make a covenant concerning the frost, it is still an annual reminder that it is God who is our provider. Just like he provided manna from heaven to satisfy the physical needs of the Israelites, he continues to provide for our physical needs today. Scripture tells us that all good things come from above, meaning from God. James 1:17

Then there is the spiritual aspect of God’s provision. The manna represents grace from God. The Israelites did nothing to earn it, it was a gift from God; all they had to do was pick it up and enjoy. This is a picture of the salvation that God offers to everyone, it is a free gift, not earned. All we have to do is pick it up and enjoy. Romans 6:23

In John 6, Jesus said that he was the bread of heaven –

58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

Frost is just one more incredible way that God adds an explosion of beauty to what would otherwise be a dull and boring world. The next time you see frost on your windshield or on the ground, let it remind you of the manna that was sent from God. He provides bread for your body and the true bread of heaven for your soul.

Mugs Up!!

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com