Y’all, it’s been raining in Southern Oklahoma for 237 days straight. Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a little but it has rained A LOT.
And it’s STILL raining.
Homes are flooded, hospitals are flooded, gardens are ruined, yards are now ponds, and the lake is just about to maximum capacity.
So what does flooding and the lake and all this have to do with being a pastor’s wife or a woman of God?
I’m glad you asked.
To fill you in just a little bit about how things work in my neck of the woods, when the area has flooded, on Lake Texoma there is a huge Dam that…well, holds the lake where it is supposed to be…
“Impounding 89,000 acres of water, the dam itself is a mere five miles NW of Denison, Texas. It borders on the Texas counties of Cooke and Grayson and on the Oklahoma counties of Bryan, Love, Johnson and Bryan. The Flood Control Act of 1938 authorized construction of the dam which is a rather rare type known as a rolled-fill earth embankment. The length of the dam is 165 feet high and over 15,000 feet long. While the primary purpose of the dam is controlling floods, it also generates electrical power and the lake is an extremely popular recreational destination. Completed 1944, Texoma is today the second largest lake in Texas and the eleventh largest reservoir in capacity in the United States. Its main purposes are flood control, power generation, and recreation. The waters are impounded by Denison Dam.”
(Information gathered from here.)
(Hang with me here…I’m going somewhere with this.)
(Here is a picture of the Denison Dam when the waters are low. If you will see where the green grass is, that is where all the water will be and when the levels get high enough, they flow (sometimes GUSH over the edge and down stream.)
The water going over the Denison Dam Spillway is not ideal. There are homes and land down stream that will be effected if this takes place. So in order to slow this process down, we have something known as the flood gates.
Now, to couple this with what the Holy Spirit is echoing throughout my soul…
“Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3:10b
Did you see the picture of the floodgates open? That wasn’t just a little sprinkling of water. That was a powerful and mighty rush of water that would, without a doubt, overpower and wash over anybody or anything in it’s path.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes a floodgate as “something serving to restrain an outburst“.
“Lord, open the floodgates of Heaven. I want Your presence to overpower me. I want You to have complete and total control over me. Who I am … what I say … where I go … what I wear … what I do with my free time … the way I brush my teeth. Here I am Lord. I am willing to accept an outburst of Your Spirit so that it washes away my entire being.
More of you Lord, less of me.
ALL of you Lord, NONE of me.”
*And here it is!*
May 24, 2015