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Marvels of Rain

     Water that falls as rain is a very essential part of our lives. Our crops depend on it; our forests would die without it; many of the foods we eat consist largely of it; in fact, over one-half of our bodies is water. What provision has God made to replenish our earth with this vital substance?
     The method by which rain falls on our land should be a continual testimony to God's glory. Ecclesiastes 1:6,7 indicates that Solomon understood the basics of the water cycle. Water evaporates from land, seas, and oceans. Air currents raise this moisture-laden air into the sky where the water vapour condenses to form water droplets. These water droplets form clouds, and will eventually fall as rain.
     Job draws our attention to another wonder of this water cycle when he said, "He bindeth up His waters in His thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them." Consider the weight of the water in the clouds. Suppose a certain man has a 200-acre farm. If one inch of rain falls some night the amount of water that would fall on his farm would be about four and one-half million gallons, with a weight of about 22,687 tons. But "the cloud is not rent under them!" Remember, we have considered only one farm; many farms would benefit from this rain. Do we see why Job said that the balancing of the clouds is the wondrous work of Him which is perfect in knowledge? (Job 37:16).
     Finally, this rain likely evaporated over the Atlantic Ocean. What would it cost to transport that amount of water from the Atlantic? Further, water direct from the ocean would damage crops and gardens because of its salt content! Let us conclude with the words of the Psalmist, "O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom Thou has made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches."

- Arnold Good,
   The Ontario Informer, 1977

August 2007

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