Dew is one meteorological phenomenon that is seen commonly in everyday life but not recorded or measured at observatories, except those that cater to agricultural applications.

The process of dew formation is the result of the fact that air can contain only a certain amount of water vapour or moisture as per its temperature. Warm air can hold a greater amount of water vapour than cold air. The surfaces of objects on the ground lose heat at night and early morning, particularly when the sky is clear, and thus cool the air just above them. When the temperature falls to what is called the dew point, atmospheric moisture condenses over the surfaces into small water droplets, which we call dew. For this, the exposed surfaces should be thin and not able to conduct heat from the ground. So, dew commonly forms over blades of grass, plant leaves, railings with non-metallic coatings, or glass surfaces. When the temperatures are below zero, the moisture expelled by the atmosphere forms ice crystals resulting in the formation of frost instead of dew.

The early morning dew appears delicate and fragile, and it is under the constant threat of extinction from the rising rays of the sun. The Bible often likens dew, pure and beautiful, to a blessing from above. Isaac is said to have blessed his son Jacob (Genesis 27:28) by asking God to give him “heaven’s dew and earth’s richness”. Elsewhere in the Bible, we read phrases like “drenched in the dew of heaven” (Daniel 4:23). Another verse says, “A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favour is like dew on the grass” (Proverbs 19:12).

The opening passage of the Bible (Genesis 1) gives an account of how God created the heavens and the earth in the first six days and then rested from all His work on the seventh day. What God did next (Genesis 2) was to plant a garden in the east in Eden, where he put the first man, Adam, whom he had created. The garden had all kinds of trees, pleasing to the eye and good for food. God Himself used to take a walk in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). What joy it must have been for Adam to be walking in the presence of God, keeping step with Him, perhaps holding His hand, and talking to Him! Can we have this joy today? Yes, says this beautiful song, written and composed by C. Arthur Miles in 1912: 

“I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.” 

We have to come to the garden early, really early. Before the joggers arrive and begin their rounds, before the yoga enthusiasts roll out their carpets and take positions, before the elderly occupy their favourite benches, before families pick their picnic spots. Really early and alone. While the dew is still on the roses…!   It is only then that we can walk with Him, and talk with Him, and be assured that He has not forsaken us, that we still belong to Him. And His voice will come clear above the chirping and singing of the birds:


He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.” 

Have you ever cared to see the dew on the roses? No? Then go to the garden, early and alone. Do not think about the dew point temperature or the process of condensation. Just breathe in the fragrance of the roses, capture the beauty of the dew while it is still fresh on them, and feel blessed.

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