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The Flood Barrier

In June 2016, Houston meteorologists predicted torrential rain and flooding in the area. One man decided he didn’t want to lose his home. He drove to Louisiana to purchase an Aquadam. As he rolled the barrier out around his house, his neighbors gave him looks and thought he was crazy. He filled the barrier with water and waited. When the 27” flood waters came, the inside of his house remained dry. The flood barrier worked. I’ll never forget the pictures I saw of it (you can see here). There was brown water everywhere with a small line of green and his house in the middle.

To me, it’s a great picture of what God does in our lives. Every one of us are going to go through storms. Every one of us are going to endure rising flood water coming into our lives. We will get wet. We will have to choose to trust God or to worry. When I see the storm clouds on the horizon, one of my first prayers for myself or others is Isaiah 59:19. It says, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (KJV). I ask God to build an Aquadam of sorts around myself or the person under attack to prevent total loss.

I’m reminded also of Psalm 32:6 that says, “So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need; when a great flood of trouble comes rushing in, it will not reach them” (GNT). The Amplified says the distressing waters will not reach the spirit in him. It may be pouring right now in your life, but the Lord God is lifting up a standard against the enemy to keep the waters from destroying your spirit. Keep praying in this time of need. Keep trusting God’s ability to hold back the flood. Take your eyes off the storm and the rising waters and look to Heaven where your help comes from. He is your flood barrier and His mercies toward you are new every morning.

Photo by Bence Balla-Schottner on Unsplash

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