Spring in New England is a lot like winter…with mud. As the snow goes back to the storehouses God has created for it the ground here in Massachusetts become a boot-sucking quagmire.
After snow-seasons like this last one, short periods of flooding are not unheard of (though nothing like in the South). A few weeks ago my sister and I went to the mall only to find that much of it was blocked off due to the snow-melt flooding.
As we walked out onto the parking-barrier jetties Isaiah 59:19 came to mind
“From the west, men will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.”
The King James version reads “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard against him.” This translation makes it sound like the enemy is coming in like a flood. But the translation in context actually reads that it is the Lord who comes in like a flood to defeat his enemies.
As I stood looking out over the waters that day I noticed a couple of things about the flood:
1. It was expected but unstoppable. The best the shopping center could do was to put up cones to keep people out of the water and off the flooded roads. When God moves nothing the enemy does will effectively hold back His power.
2. The flood came suddenly. It was evident that once the water started coming storm drains could not syphon it off fast enough to keep the roads clear. When God moves, His work is sudden. It may be a while in coming but once He begins He will make your head spin.
3. The water followed the path of least resistance. The lowest things were totally covered by the lake while the higher spots remained untouched. When God comes in like a flood, He calls us to stand on higher ground as He destroys those things which are base and low. If we insist on remaining in a position of sin, compromise or bitter unforgiveness, we might just get swept away with the very enemies we have been praying God to deliver us from.
The dogs and I had a nice walk that day and I learned some powerful lessons about how God is going to move in my days ahead.