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July 6, 2015

Watershed Moments & Places of Hydration – Benefits of a Watershed

WILD JERK, WILD HOG HUNTING, GINA REY FOREST, JAMAICA 012A watershed is defined as an important point of division or transition between two phases or conditions.   Or the region or area drained by a river.

BENEFITS OF A WATERSHED

Draining Excess Storm Water

There are times in our lives when we feel as if we are living in an unending storm.  In this time our faith is severely tested.  Do we just give in?  Or do we fight on?  We feel as if we are struggling against storm waters that threaten to sweep us away.  It’s as if we are part of the debris of a river in spate.  I remember as a child, I used to live next to a river.  When the river was in spate, there was no end to the variety of debris that passed through the valley.  There was grapefruit, grapefruit trees, coconuts, rocks, and Miss Vinny Hog among other things.

During a flooding a lot of things happen, erosion for one is a major factor. Stones and other debris carried in the flood water rub against the land, gouging it, other boulders that might be in the river are sometimes displaced. Being caught in a flood is no fun, the very debris in the river wounds us, rubs things off us, threaten to sweep us away in its wake and all we can do is hang on for dear life.

What does the Word of God tell us about the storms in our lives?

The purpose of the storms in our lives is simply to strengthen our faith. Its purpose is also one of refining. After a river has been in spate, it becomes calm, looks cleaner and even smells fresher. After a storm, with the debris out of the way, the entire environment looks greener.

Isaiah 43:2 says “Though you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown”

This is the promise of our Father (who cannot lie) for the “river in spate” periods of our lives. The rivers of difficulty is represented by the river in spate. We can hang on for dear life to the promises of our Father because he never fails. With the debris removed from our lives, we are cleaner, fresher, calmer.

Some scripture references to encourage you:

Matthew 8:23-27

Psalm 107:29

Psalm 34:17-20

Deuteronomy 31:6

PSALM 150:1-6

2 Corinthians 4:17

Next – Drinking Water

Sylvia M Dallas

Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ.  Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.

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