Rain Forrest

“You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile.” Ps 65:9

We can learn from God’s design and care of the Earth, and be encouraged that He will take care of us.

I find it fascinating that God’s Word is literally true. And when I discover some of the actual mechanisms that God has engineered into His Creation that cause these things to happen, I am humbled that I ever doubt His wisdom.

How does rain water make the earth “rich and fertile” as Psalm 65:9 declares? I am sure there are many reasons, but two I am aware of are the effects of lightning, and also the atmospheric transport of dust from one continent to another. Really? Read on.

Science has discovered that lightning produces reduced phosphorus in the atmosphere that is carried by the rain to the earth for use by microbes. In other words, lightning helps fertilize the ground. Worldwide, lightning occurs 40-50 times per second, or about 1.4 billion flashes per year. The word “amazing” doesn’t even begin to describe our awe.

Here are some source texts I ran down for those interested.




Now if you think lightning is crazy-amazing, consider how God has engineered dust in Africa to fertilize the Amazon rain forest in South America. Really!

Basically what happens is dust is picked up by winds from a dry lake bed in Chad that contains huge deposits of dead microorganisms that are loaded with phosphorus and other fertilizers. Then a southern Jetstream transports it across the Atlantic Ocean where rains then deposit it into the Amazon, about 22,000 tons per year, which roughly matches the amount that the Amazon loses from rain and flooding.

Is this not mind-blowingly cool, or what?


So here is what I got out of this one short verse in Psalms 65:9…God has placed you and me on a planet that is alive with His wisdom and divine engineering. AND ALL OF THIS is to let us know that if He takes care of watering the earth in such a way as to make it rich and fertile, how much more will He take care of you and me.


Matt 6:25-34 NLT ““That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”


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