“He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth…” Ps 135:7a
The density of water is .03625 LBS per cubic inch. Doesn’t seem like much, but multiply that times the 43,560 square feet in an acre and the weight of water covering an acre an inch deep becomes 227,383 LBS. Now consider that we just had 1.75” of rain on our 40 acres and that amounts to nearly 16 million LBS of water just on our little place in this world. We get around 38 inches of precipitation per year which would weigh about 345.6 million LBS just on our place. Wow, it averages nearly a million LBS per day. Now consider that there are roughly 36 billion acres of land in the world and the area of the ocean (where it also rains) is much larger than land. The average annual rain fall in the world is about 39 inches. The weight of rain on the world every year is pretty much beyond what we can comprehend. A lot of the water comes from the ocean, yet there is no salt in the rain.
What if mankind tried to accomplish this feat? Can you imagine the giant desalinization plants, pipe lines, pumps, hoses, scaffolding, tanks, and spray nozzles that would be required. There is no way possible that more than a relatively small area could be watered this way.
Is it not a wonder of creation that God can purify, gather, lift, and hold this kind of weight using nothing but sunlight and air? It is by the power of God who created the sun and the atmosphere that this immense mass of water is lifted sky high so that it can fall to earth and bless us with the bounty that God graciously provides. And He has been doing this for thousands of years. Rain is the work of God.
Do you have a weight in your heart? Are you building desalinization plants and pipelines in your heart to try to deal with it? Do you feel like nobody cares? I Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Do you really think the God who lifts the rain can’t handle your hurt? Do you really think that the one who gave His life for you doesn’t care? What is pressing down on you? Toss it to God. Though tears rain down, the one who lifts the rain can lift your heart. He is strong enough to deal with your weight and will likely do it in some way you weren’t expecting. Catching and lifting our cares is the work of God.
How can we help God in this work? Do you know someone who is carrying a weight in their heart? Find a way to show them love. Provide something for them. Find a way to help them with the load. Perhaps they are carrying their load as a result of reaping the effects of sin. Show them the loving forgiveness that Christ provides.