The impact of a flood and fire can be devastating.
These disasters can cause a huge amount of damage to agricultural infrastructure and property that leaves farmers with an unexpected financial burden. But although there is often an immediate impact in the short term, there are agricultural benefits in the long term.
Floods are actually a part of the natural cycle that helps to keep the soil healthy and full of nutrients. In fact farms running along the highly regulated Murray-Darling basin have had their grazing incomes significantly reduced, as the artificially constrained water flow has minimised the number of floods and the consequential benefit of healthy soil and topped up water supplies.
The same principle applies to the impact of fire. Although fire can cause huge damage in the short term, in the longer term it has incredible benefits. A fire kills diseases, generates new life and increases water flow by minimising the amount of smaller plants competing for the limited supply.
Although these ‘disasters’ can cause pain and loss in the short term, they provide abundance and fruitfulness in the longer term.
The Israelites went through their own seasons of flood and fire. For many years they were shackled in chains and carried heavy loads. But rather than destroying them, it only made them stronger:
‘But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread’ – Exodus 1:12a (NLT)
After going through a season of hardship, God brought them into a season of immeasurable abundance:
‘We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance’ – Psalm 66:12b (NLT)
This word, ‘abundance’ literally means a ‘cup that runs over’. In other words, a blessing cannot be contained! On the other side of the flood and fire the Israelites experienced a blessing so great it that made the flood and fire become nothing more than a distant memory.
No matter how overwhelming the flood waters may seem, or how fiercely the fire is raging, put your confidence in God who will bring you through the pain of the temporary into the joy of great abundance!