"Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel" (Exodus 17:6). This is definitely one situation I would have loved to witness. God providing water from a rock...that would flow forth and satisfy some 1 million persons and livestock. Sometimes we think it was just a trickle of flowing water or maybe more like a stream. However, imagine how much water actually had to come pouring out, to satisfy the thirst of that many people and animals. Think about how much pressure, force, etc!
On a much smaller scale, we experienced something in a similar way this past week. We were in need of getting water to the orphanage and God helped us accomplish that. It was quite a process, but exciting to watch unfold. Similar to the septic tanks we are using, the water tank is 6,500 liters, or, 1700 gallons. Because the power tends to go out often, you put your water tanks as high as possible. That way, even if your pump goes out, you have the height and gravity to still get water to the facility. So, we constructed a massive, 6x6, 10 foot high steal base, that would hold the tank. That was the easy part...getting the tank up there was another story. It took 2 guys on the roof, 2 on the stand, and myself on the ground...to maneuver this massive tank. God’s hand was definitely upon us as we hoisted the tank with ropes, sliding up wood planks for ramps and using boards for braces, so it wouldn’t roll off. There were a few scary moments, however, we were able to get it right in place without injuries...Gloria A Dios!
After digging more trenches, and running the pipe, the time came to turn the water on and check for leaks. It was a glorious sight to see...as water came gushing out of the end of the piping. It was even more exciting to see the watering pouring into the tank after hooking everything up. That’s what reminded me of the story in Exodus. The water was so loud, so powerful as it came gushing out into the tank...filling it up in only a matter of minutes.
So now...praise the Lord, water is flowing freely throughout the entire facility and we are now able to hook up AND have working toilets, sinks and showers. It was a wonderful week and we thank the Lord for another accomplished task!
"Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in" (Isaiah 40:21-22).