SINGING SAND

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From AmazingFacts.org

AN AMAZING FACT: Did you know that sand can sing? Often referred to as singing or booming sand, this rare sand produces a tone when walked on or blown around by the wind. Some sands will even create sparks of light at night when walked or driven across. This sand creates sound waves by the friction caused between the grains of this sand’s unique crystalline structure.

God promised Abraham that, because of his faith, his descendants would multiply as the “sand which is on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17). That’s a lot of sand! There are other interesting properties of sand that can teach us about being a true son of Abraham. Not all sand is sand. Carbonate sand will completely dissolve in vinegar. Paul quotes Isaiah 10when he writes, “Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, the remnant will be saved” (Romans 9:27). That is, not all “sand” will be saved.

Some sand is magnetic. If you happen to notice black particles in sand, run a magnet across the sand. There might be particles of iron or magnetite mixed in. It is interesting that sand that contains magnetite often is sand that contains gold. We often look at other people and judge them quickly, but God can see deep inside humans and knows who His true followers are.

As mentioned in the amazing fact, some sand sings! But it is getting harder to find such sand, as modern pollution tends to coat the sand particles and destroy its ability to produce sound. At the time of this writing though, it still exists on every continent of the world. That describes God’s remnant, who come from every nation, tribe, kindred, tongue, and people. They are harder and harder to find because sin pollutes people. But someday they will gather before God’s throne and sing.

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Revelation 15:3

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