Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Storing Rain Update

After several months of drought and near 100 degree temperatures every day, the Lord in His wisdom opened up the heavens over the last several days, and needless to say we got drenched. God graciously granted probably some 6-7 inches.

Well, that kind of rain does wonders for ponds and catch-water tanks. Not only is our 2500 gallon black tank now full, but here are pictures of the first and second sides of the barn cistern:





Those represent probably some 11,000 to 12,000 gallons, which mostly came in during these rains.


Here are pictures of our pond as well:





And of course, Gary now gets to do some "goose things":




We are most grateful once again for the Lord's provisions, and His mercies in the weather.

Not only are we grateful for His temporal mercies, but for His spiritual ones as well. Psalms 29:10 starts with this: "The LORD sitteth upon the flood..." John Gill says this refers to "Noah's flood; which is always designed by the word here used, the Lord sat and judged the old world for its wickedness, and brought a flood upon them, and destroyed them; and then he abated it, sent a wind to assuage the waters, stopped up the windows of heaven, and the fountains of the great deep, and restrained rain from heaven; and he now sits upon the confidence of waters in the heavens, at the time of a thunder storm, which threatens with an overflowing flood; and he remembers his covenant, and restrains them from destroying the earth any more: and he sits upon the floods of ungodly men, and stops their rage and fury, and suffers them not to proceed to overwhelm his people and interest; and so the floods of afflictions of every kind, and the floods of Satan's temptations, and of errors and heresies, are at his control, and he permits them to go so far, and no farther."

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

-- David

5 comments:

debbieo said...

I have been thinking of you and your cistern. We have been getting some rain and I was wondering if you were as well. Good to know you have water. That is something you dont want to take for granted. What a gift from God.
I live in the dr oklahoma panhandle.

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for SO much rain! I came across something in the book of Job that fits...speaking of the wind, frost, snow, rain (weather), the Lord says, "And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy." Job 37:12,13.

I appreciate your comments about the spiritual floods that come at us also. I think of Is. 59:19, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him." We see the demonic surge in our culture and in the so-called church, but the Lord is raised up for a standard. Only He can stand against the corruption of the enemy, and He dwells in us to equip us to stand!

Anyway, thanks for sharing the points by Gill--very good. We just stand in awe of the Lord's mercies.

Brenda (in Canada)

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

YAY RAIN!!!! I am happy for you.

My busband and I are starting to talk about havesting our own rain/snow water and have been using your blog posts as a guide! I don't think we could meet all our needs with only rain, we live in a very dry area, there hasn't been any rain since May. The big thing for us would be to catch the snow as is melts in the spring time.

Anyway, thanks for the infomation, I love your blog!

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Aimee,

We are indeed grateful for the Lord's provisions.

Thanks,

-- David

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi debbieo and Brenda,

Sorry your comments weren't posted until now. We must not have received the email that you had made them.

Thanks for them too.

-- David