We parked on the verge and walked the last kilometre to the bridge just below the dam. A cloud of spray high in the air marked the spot of the dam wall.
I'm not a facts and figures person, so suffice to say the Vaal Dam, south of Johannesburg, has approximately 800 kilometres of shoreline and is the second largest dam by area and third largest by volume in South Africa. It's essential to the South African water supply and economy.
On Monday last week the Vaal Dam was 96.2% full, but heavy rainfall in the catchment area filled it to 109.8% by Saturday. Okay, I know that's a couple more facts, but they are too amazing to leave out. 14 sluice gates were opened to lower the level of the dam. What a sight to see the water in all its might and majesty surging under the bridge and rushing in torrents downstream.
A carnival atmosphere added to the occasion and several enterprising folk set up stands on the side of the road. Biltong (strips of salted and dried meat) was one of the popular snacks sold.
A local farmer braaied (barbecued) boerewors (a type of country sausage)
I bought a pot of honey from these entrepreneurs
On a more serious note, the beauty and power of water- oceans, rivers, dams, lakes, waterfalls, thunderstorms- always make me aware of the glory and wonder of God and draw me closer to Him. The Bible tells us that He draws up drops of water to form clouds which He spreads out in the skies. He sends the rain to fill the streams and gives us showers (Job 36: 27-30). Who but God can count the clouds, tip over the water bottles of the heavens and control the bolts of lightning? (Job 38: 35-37) Who else but God can measure the waters in the palm of His Hand? (Isaiah 40:12)
Do the wonders of nature reveal God to you? Please leave a comment and tell me how God's creation speaks to you.
Ruth Ann Dell writes children's stories and international Christian fiction from her home in a sunny South African suburb. She is a member of several writing groups including the American Christian Fiction Writers and Writer's Ink. Her desire is to craft gripping stories to draw her readers into a closer relationship with God.
Ruth Ann and her husband have lived in several countries and are renovating a cottage in the heart of Ireland.
Find out more about Ruth Ann at www.ruthanndell.blogspot.com