Seven thousand tons of providence

Last Saturday I was looking through an old second year algebra book I got to buy in high school, and there was a story problem that caught my interest:

A man measures the rainfall and is disappointed that there was only 1/10″ of rain. He decides to calculate how many pounds of rain fell on his 1 square mile property.


Now, one mile is 5,280 feet, and 1/10″ is 1/120′, so 1/10″ over a square mile is 5,280 x 5,280 ÷ 120 = 230,000 ft³ of water.

They tell me that water weighs 62 pounds per square foot, so 230,000 ft³ x 62 lbs/ft³ = 14,260,000 lbs = 7,000 tons of water per square mile when it rains 1/10″!

Seven thousand tons of water dropped on a house would be the destruction of the house; but spread across the land it nourishes and sustains life. How gracious and merciful God is!

He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

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