I’m obsessed with the Hoover Dam.
This engineering marvel is one of the greatest manmade structures in the world. It took five years to complete at a cost of $49 million Depression-era dollars. Over 5,000 men worked on its construction, 96 of whom died in industrial accidents during construction.
The dam itself contains enough concrete to pour a four-foot wide sidewalk around the earth at the Equator. At a whopping 726 feet, it stands almost 200 feet taller than the Washington Monument.
The water and electricity supplied by the dam services hundreds of thousands of people in Nevada, Arizona and California. In fact, when you sip from a water fountain at Disneyland, that water has traveled hundreds of miles from Lake Mead.
Isn’t that amazing? Hospitals, churches, businesses, homes, ball parks… all have power because of the 17 generators in the Hoover Dam.
Now imagine the dam’s generators were powered down.
No water, no electricity, nothing. Thousands of people depending on those resources are suddenly in the dark. Literally and figuratively.
The dam was designed to serve the southwestern US. It can provide water and electricity for three states. When it sits idle, those resources are wasted and people suffer.
We are designed to serve in God’s kingdom. We’ve been gifted to work in specific areas. When we sit idle, His resources (and our talents) are wasted and people suffer.
One of my blogger friends shared something last week that still rings in my ears:
There is someone on the other side of your obedience.
Care to tweet?
Think about that: there is somebody somewhere who’s waiting for us to obey God. Whether they’re on the other side of the street or the other side of the world, somebody is waiting.
God knows who that somebody is, and He’s waiting for us to power up our generators because
By His mighty POWER at work WITHIN US,
He is able to accomplish infinitely more
than we would ever dare to ask or hope.
~Eph 3:20 (NLT)
His mighty power dwarfs the Hoover Dam. If it shouldn’t sit idle, should we?