When I learned to fly a plane…
There was often the concern on moisture. Unless properly equipped, and trained, it is difficult to survive flying when it is raining. So, we learned things like Dew Point, Humidity and Barometric Pressure – tools to determine the future possibility of how the weather will treat us.
Decision points on whether to fly, or not.
Growing up in Texas it would seem like Humidity would not bother me, yet, after spending over a quarter of a century in the Pacific Northwest with relative low humidity, when the conditions are ripe and we start to experience the humidity like we did in the Gulf Coast – well, that’s when I am thankful we are up north! It does not last long!
Last week started a warming trend as a trough of low/high pressure began a steady march north out of California. Conditions are ripe for lightening, some rain, and maybe a little rolling thunder. But under the bright blue mid-morning skies, the sun literally baked my yard and it has gone dormant (I do NOT water) and will probably awaken in late August.
So, today I consider the temp at dawn – below 60 degrees, yet the humidity was at 86%… A few minutes outside with the dogs leaves you sweltering in a damp shirt, and your mind thinking it must be in the 90’s!
Lord, let me have my cooler temps, and low, low humidity!
In the early days of Genesis, God promised rain for 40 days and nights. The fountains of the deep will be released. The earth will flood. All life not secured in the ark will perish. Imagine the force of nature that unleashes epic events upon all living earth. And, as the floods recede and the sun dries the ground, imagine the humidity! It was probably like a sauna!
The rainbow is placed in the sky as a promise from God to never flood the earth again.
Regardless of what you believe, at least Hollywood has enough sense to know they can make money promoting Biblical stories! Though the Bible speaks often of rain, and sometimes rain produces regional flooding, there was never an event like the one mentioned here – and never will be again!
Yet, moisture content in scripture often speaks judgement for sin, or even of enjoyable things. Rain can fall on the just and the unjust (Matt 5:45), and can even bring forth flooding conditions that can test wise and foolish builders (Matt 7: 24-27). The Psalmists describes the Messiah as coming rain upon mown grass, showers that water the earth (Psalms 72:6).
Let me extract one of my favorites from Deuteronomy…Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Doctrine will fall as individual drops of rain. God will speak as softly as the dew breaks forth on the ground, and gentle rain on the tender herb, and as stronger showers upon the grass.
He will give what is needed at the time it is needed!
Rain, humidity, dew point – they all have their place in life. Some times we endure them as a hardship, and other times as a pleasant experience.