heart! Before I begin and share what is on my heart this month, I again want to
say how thankful I am for all of you, and know that you are what makes Shepherd’s Gate Church so special.
What is on my heart this month? The RAIN!!! Oh my gosh what a rainy month,
my yard has been soaked and I’ve been unable to mow my yard for the past two
weeks. Face it is has been a wet spring, everything has just been saturated, water standing everywhere, peoples’ basements filling up, cricks overflowing, water flowing across the roads. Water, water everywhere!
Now even though we love to complain about it water, rain, is great work of God.
In Job 5:8-10 we read these words, “But as for me, I would seek God, And I
would place my cause before God; Who does great and unsearchable things,
Wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth, And sends water on the
If you said to someone: "My God does great and unsearchable things; He does
wonders without number," and they responded, "Really? Like what?" would you
say, "Rain?” (most of us would not) But Job is not joking. "God does great and
unsearchable things, wonders without number." He gives rain on the earth." In
Job's mind, rain really is one of the great, unsearchable wonders that God does.
Is rain a great and unsearchable wonder wrought by God? Picture yourself as a
farmer in the Near East, far from any lake or stream. A few wells keep the family
and animals supplied with water. But if the crops are to grow and the family is
to be fed from month to month, water has to come on the fields from another
source. From where?
Well, the sky. The sky? Water will come out of the clear blue sky? Well, not exactly. Water will have to be carried in the sky from the Mediterranean Sea, over
several hundred miles and then be poured out from the sky onto the fields. Carried? How much does it weigh? Well, 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. So how does it get up in the sky and stay
up there if it's so heavy? Well, it gets up there by
evaporation. Really? That's a nice word. What's does
that mean? It means that the water sort of stops being water for a while so it can go up and not down. I
see. Then how does it get down? Well, condensation
happens. What's that? The water starts becoming water again by gathering around little dust particles between .00001 and .0001 centimeters wide. That's
What about the salt? Salt? Yes, the Mediterranean Sea
is salt water. That would kill the crops. What about the
salt? Well, the salt has to be taken out. Oh. So the sky
picks up a billion pounds of water from the sea and
takes out the salt and then carries it for three hundred
miles and then dumps it on the farm?
Well it doesn't dump it. 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.
How do all these microscopic specks of water that
weigh a billion pounds get heavy enough to fall (if
that's the way to ask the question)? Well, it's called
coalescence. What's that? It means the specks of water start bumping into each other and join up and get
bigger. And when they are big enough, they fall. Just
like that? Well, not exactly, because they would just
bounce off each other instead of joining up, if there
were no electric field present. What? Never mind.
Take my word for it.
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? Yes, I am sure there is
a name for that too. But I am satisfied now that, by any name, this is a great and unsearchable thing that God has done. I think I should be thankful - lots more thankful than I am, rather then complaining about my grass I cannot mow, or how muddy my driveway is. God gave us this rain, it is a gift from Him. So let me say thank you Lord for the rain!!! It is a great unsearchable thing, truly a wonder of our God!
Jesus loves you and so do I! Pastor Doug