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After months of drought, the rain of recent days is a welcome relief. The rains have reminded me of something written several years ago by one of my theological mentors. I’ve freely adapted his mediation.

Job 5:8-10 states, “God….does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth, and sends water on the fields. Job 5:8-10

Have you ever considered rain as one of God’s great, unsearchable wonders?

Consider this:

1. Rain comes out of the sky. Empty air literally carries water from the ocean or lakes, hundreds of miles away, and then pours it out onto the fields. How can empty sky carry water?

2. How much does rain weigh? If one inch of rain falls on one square mile of farmland during the night, that would be 27,878,400 cubic feet of water, which is 206,300,160 gallons, which is 1,650,501,280 pounds of water. That’s heavy.

3. How does it get up in the sky and stay up there if it’s so heavy? Evaporation – the water sort of stops being water for a while so it can go up and not down.

4. How does it get down? Condensation – the water starts becoming water again by gathering around little dust particles between .00001 and .0001 centimeters wide. That’s small!

5. What happens to the salt? After all, water from the ocean is salt water – which kills crops. What about the salt? Well, it gets taken out while it’s being carried.

So get this – the sky picks up a billion pounds of water from the sea and takes out the salt and then carries it for hundreds of miles and then dumps it on the farm?

6. It doesn’t actually dump the water. If it dumped a billion pounds of water on the farm, the wheat would be crushed. So the sky dribbles the billion pounds water down in little drops. And they have to be big enough to fall for one mile or so without evaporating, and small enough to keep from crushing the wheat stalks.

7. How do all these microscopic specks of water that weigh a billion pounds get heavy enough to fall? Coalescence – the specks of water start bumping into each other and join up and get bigger. And when they are big enough, they fall.

Well, not exactly like that – they would just bounce off each other instead of joining up, if there were no electric field present. Electrical field?

8. So – here’s another question – How do drops ever get to the ground? If they start falling as soon as they are heavier than air, they would be too small not to evaporate on the way down, but if they wait to come down, what holds them up till they are big enough not to evaporate?

Job calls rain one of the God’s wonders. Maybe that is one reason I love the rain so much! The heavens really do declare the glory of God!

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One Comment

  1. Your math is wrong on the rain calculation. A square mile is 27,878,400 square feet NOT CUBIC feet as stated. You must divide by 12 to get the number of cubic feet and thus the weight of one inch of an inch of rain is 1/12th of what you stated. Still a huge number.


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