Ice is a common expectation of Winter in Saskatchewan. We live our Summers in anticipation and/or trepidation of the coming of the season when ice in one form or another will cover our existence.
Ice is unusual, in that, as a solid form of water it is 9% less dense than its liquid state. This means that it will float, an important consideration in terms of marine life, and water supply.
Ice is a factor in climatic conditions. The accumulation of snow and ice at the polar caps increases the Earth's surface reflection, transferring more of the Sun's energy into space and maintaining a lower atmospheric temperature.
Ice/water is a poor conductor of heat energy which allows it to moderate Earth's climate by stabilizing the fluctuations in earth's temperature.
Water when frozen increases in bulk, its expansion being such that the power is able, when contained, to fracture any substance.
Job 37:10, "By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen.
I read a story of a man sitting beside a lake, watching the vapour from the warmer water mixing with the colder Fall air, when in an instance all the vapour disappeared and the lake, in the twinkling of an eye, was frozen over. As the verse implies it is as if a breath were expelled across the expanse and the result was a frozen surface. A mystical and miraculous event has occurred, the process being explained by science in terms we can understand, but, the actual change that results in water becoming ice is by nature a supernatural act.
Job 38:29, "From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
Job 38:30,"The waters harden like stone, and the surface of the deep is frozen."
An expression '...as cold as ice...' referring to a person's ability not to be affected by, or feel love comes to mind. Water is used as an illustration of how our life is to be a flowing of refreshment and vitality as a conduit of God's love and provisional grace to ourselves and to the world around us. Ice being the hardened form of water retards that flow, that influence, it removes the vigour of life so that not only is the surface affected, but the very depths of our being, our emotional core, is affected and becomes hardened and cold.
There is an arbitrariness to life, a 'chaos', an endless stream of random, illogical events, from which occur random, illogical circumstance and consequence. It is in chaos that love finds its greatest barrier to influence, impact, belief and perception; it is in chaos that the excuse for mistrust, fear and despair find their strength; it is in chaos that probabilities and determinations are calculated and the resultant expectations form our sense of worth, value and significance; it is in chaos that there is sensitivity to initial, preexistant and subsequent conditions; it is in chaos that the instinct for survival is an enlivened and prevalent requirement; it is in chaos that the hardest and most perfect substance is formed; it is in chaos that the perverted need for control of the variableness of life is predominant; it is in chaos that the intersection of love has and passes its greatest test of validity; it is in chaos that the predictability of love underscores life with meaning and purpose.
In a place of chaos, God takes the fall, the blame for life's situations, the arbitrary acts of nature and people, our seemingly uncontrolled existence. These are blamed on an impulsive God, who seems to allow or instigate, without any regard.
It is the first molecule of water that freezes that starts the chain reaction, the next molecule to it being cooled and freezing, and the next to it.... this is a microcosm of the butterfly effect, in that, a butterfly flapping it's wings in one part of the world sets off a hurricane in another. In what appears to be chaos is actually a set of deterministic variables dependant upon an initial reaction to a condition presumably initiated by God. Cause and effect, the answer to the question why?
It seems so simple (water & love), yet, the complexity of the most essential, basic of elements, water, is a mere reflecting the immensity of God; pointing out the intricacies of the Creator; being the tool of man and God; being used of God to denote His sovereignty and His provisional care for His creation; proclaiming His involvement in the minutest of details; making life a mysterious and mystical journey of discovery and adventure; confusing the science and beliefs of man by the depth, width and height "...of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33)
Water in its many forms provides a view, a glimpse, into the mind of God, His completeness, His fullness, His perfection, His wholeness, the entire circle of His existence and creativity.
Ephes. 3:14-19 "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.