Monday, September 30, 2013

Manifest Power, Manifest Glory

The past few weeks this summer has found our area of the North Coast enduring some of the most intense storms never before seen by anyone.  Many of the locals are shocked and astounded when these severe storms pass over, dropping what seems like an endless deluge of rain amidst the incessant and very close lightning.  Many areas report lightning strikes which result in tremendous damage to rooftops, trees and a large amount of electrical equipment.  I have heard of many who have had blown up televisions, modems, computers, radios, light bulbs, inversors, and so-on.  During the last storm two nights ago, we watched and listened for more than two hours as the storm raged and slowly passed over the sea.  We were fortunate as we unplugged almost all of our electrical devices in case a strike came near or a surge worked through into the house; it did not.  After it all we all wandered out into the yard to survey the results, a new lake had formed beside the house and pool area which frames the right of our property.  The lake was slowly draining through a new creek along the property.  This drained down into a larger lake on the property next to us.  Our swimming pool gained almost six inches of rainwater in just about two hours.

This is where my mind begins to turn and whirl with the questions most of us take for granted.  So I started to do some research on storms, thunderstorms in particular.  Some startling facts:

An average storm covers an area of about 15 square miles, some are larger of course.  Each storm contains on average about 275 million gallons of water.  In one inch of rain falling on one square mile of land, there is 17.5 million gallons of water.  This is equal to the weight of a locomotive whith 40 loaded boxcars.
So lets do some math!  (they told me there would be no math...)

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosheric Administration) reports that at any given time there can be over 40,000 storms occurring over the earth each day.  Every day.

This means that just in storms there is approximately 11 x 10^12.million gallons of water floating around the globe trapped inside these storm formations.  We know that a gallon of water weighs 10 lbs, in the US it only weighs 8.3 lbs.  We will use the Imperial standard here so the math is easier.

Then we can assume there is approximately 1.1 x 10^14 million lbs of water in these storms each day.
Lets show this longhand:  110,000,000,000,000 million lbs of water.  Or 110 Trillion lbs of water floating in the air and then coming down each and every day of the year!  I hope somebody checks my math!

Put your head around that for just a minute, This is only the amount of water that we can see in the storms!  Floating with seemingly little effort across our skies as we go about our busy little lives.


I would like you all to put this question to yourselves:  Who can do all this everyday, and not break a sweat?
There is only one.  He does all of this each day for you...take heed to His Manifest Power, His Manifest Glory.  There is none other.  He is God.
Marvel in awe at His Manifest Presence, for He exists in all that is created.
None of this in your world is an accident, all was caused to be, created for a purpose.

If you believe anything else then you believe a lie, a deception if you will.  Just do the math people, it is really very easy...

Mike

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