Who Owns the Rain?

Hands off that rain – it’s state property
Published: July 24th, 2008 01:00 AM | Updated: July 24th, 2008 05:59 AM

The question wouldn’t have occurred to most of us: Who owns the rain? You’d think some phenomena of nature would be exempt from mundane property laws. But rain isn’t one of them.

As it turns out, the State of Washington holds title to the April showers. That’s what the creators of 21 Acres – an experimental farm in Woodinville – found out when they set out to irrigate dozens of garden plots with rainwater rather than paying for city water.

Without a permit from the Department of Ecology, that’s illegal. So, technically, is using a barrel beneath a downspout to collect water from the gutter. (guess I’m in BIG trouble)

This is disillusioning. There’s the whole idea that the rain belongs to the government. And there’s the dismal thought that – even in Western Washington – the drizzle is scarce enough that someone might make a fuss about watering gardens with what falls on your property.

If we were talking Yakima County, it would be one thing. But this is the land of mildew, pineapple expresses, 60-day spells of damp cruddy skies, and cold, wet Junes.

We’re afraid to ask: Who owns the clouds? The wind? The birds? The magma? The northern lights?


Well, we know who owns the clouds, the birds, the wind: God.
Because everything we have is given to us by The Lord and Master.

Ge 2:5Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. Ge 7:4“For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.”

De 11:14that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. 1Sa 12:18So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. Job 5:10“He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,

Job 38:28“Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? Ps 135:7He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries. Ps 147:8Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. Isa 55:10

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; Jer 5:24‘They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest.” Jer 14:22Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.

Zec 10:1Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain— The LORD who makes the storm clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to {each} man. Heb 6:7For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;

I love these verses about rain……..Whatcha think?   Kristina

2 responses »

  1. umm…that just has to be the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard. Do they tax farmers who allow their crops to be watered by the rain in a more direct fashion? Good grief!

    I loved the verses too 🙂

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