Monday, January 16, 2006

In the Palm

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
Measured heaven with a span?”
(Isaiah 40:12)

Water is an amazing and interesting thing. Without water, a person can only live aapproximately one week, depending upon conditions. The human body is 66% water.

We use water as an integral part of our daily routine. Have you ever wondered just how much water we typically use? Let’s start with the important stuff:

How much water is used to flush a toilet? 2-7 gallons
How much water is used in the average five-minute shower?15-25 gallons
Washing machines account for 38 percent of household water use.
The average person uses 150 gallons of water per day for personal use
26 percent of the water consumed in the U.S. is bottled.

Have you ever wondered exactly how much water is in the ocean? For starters 80% of the earth’s surface is water. But, how much water is that? How many gallons of water is there in the ocean? Well, the ocean contains 328,000,000 cubic miles of salt water. Each cubic mile can hold (5280)³ cubic feet of water. Each cubic foot can hold (12)³ cubic inches. Each gallon can hold 231 cubic inches. Therefore there would be 3.612 x 10²º gallons of sea water in the ocean. If all the ocean water were piled on top of the available land, 57,500,000 square miles (above sea level), on this planet, it would be 5.7 miles deep. If it were piled on the United States alone, it would be 88.6 miles deep. Scripture declares that God merely holds all that in the hollow of His hand.


Have you ever felt like you were in way over your head, drowning under the pressures, circumstances and issues of life?

How does the image of God holding all of that in the very hollow of His hand extend hope to you in the moments of life?

The World Record

23 year-old Australian marathon swimmer, Susie Maroney, successfully swam from Mexico to Cuba without flippers, a distance of about 200 kilometers (125 miles) in 1998. The swim took her 38 hours and 33 minutes and, in distance terms, is the longest-ever ocean swim. Maroney, by the way, also holds the record for the fastest-ever double crossing of the English Channel.
Random Water Facts
-How much water is used on the average for an automatic dishwasher? 9-12 gallons
-On the average, how much is used to hand wash dishes? 9-20 gallons
-Elephant trunks can hold four gallons of water.

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