I've been thinking about dams the last few weeks. Both physical and emotional ones. Perhaps because of the recent aboriginal 'uprising' in Canada. One of the grievances these native people have is the Canadian government's use of the land and the damming up of water sources.
It made me think, 'Why do people dam up rivers anyway?'
"He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light. But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?" Job 28:11-12 ESV
It all boils down to power. We do it to have influence over the water or the land it flows on. Modern dams are used to create electrical power. But, It has always been about power of some kind even if that power allowed us to have the ability to water our crops in a way we couldn't before.
Here is an interesting verse and I think it speaks volumes about our Adamic nature.
"Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the firstfruits of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence, because you went up to your father's bed; then you defiled it - he went up to my couch!" Gen 49:3-4 ESV
Adam ruins things and then moves on to the next thing and ruins that. Our soul's solution is to just dam things up and take control. Dam up those emotions if they are wreaking havoc and get them under control. What happen when something breaches the dam we have erected to ease the consequences of the fall of man.
"The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts." Prov 17:14 NKJV
When the dam breaks watch out!
The problem with dams is that once they are built they must be maintained because of everything that is built around them both upstream and down.
I think many of us dam up love to get power and because of that our emotional 'ecosystem' downstream suffers greatly. God wants there to be a flow but we have so much invested in the dam and the return of investment it seems to bring us.
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
Fallen man leaves a wake of destruction in his path. God takes time to redeem each broken thing. Love redeems... buys back... restores.
It is no wonder that our loving God's plan seems to be aimed many times at destroying our structures. Perhaps God is simply doing things to restore the flow.