Are you sitting on a fortune?

The good folks of Titusville, Pennsylvania had been. Since 1796 they had been sitting on a fortune and had no idea what sort of resources were available to them. It wasn’t until this date, August 27, 1869 that Edwin Drake discovered the fortune that had been just beneath the feet of the good citizens of Titusville for nearly 75 years.

Drake hired a well driller and began drilling in the small farm town of Titusville. 140 years ago today he struck oil. Now if you’re a fan of old television shows you immediately began singing “Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed; a poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed. Then one day he was shootin at some food, and up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude. Oil that is; black gold- Texas tea.”

Well that’s pretty much what happened to Edwin Drake. Drake’s drill produced what became the first producing oil well in America’s history. Within three years the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad had to be built just to haul all the oil out of the modest farm town of Titusville. And to think that citizens had all that wealth right under their feet; under their beds while they slept at night and under the schools where they taught their children and never even knew it.

Are you sitting on untapped resources right now? Do you have wealth beyond your wildest imagingings just beneath your feet? Is there an enormous reservoir of potential power beneath your homeschool classroom each day that you’ve been ignoring? There just might be!

From Genesis to Revelation, oil is a recurring theme in the Bible. Symbolically oil is generally considered to represent the Holy Spirit. Do you invite the Holy Spirit to be a part of your daily homeschool plan? I want to encourage you today to “drill deep” and ask for the Lord to pour out His Spirit over your homeschool classroom. In Him are hidden all truth and all knowledge and in Him resides all power and all strength.

The New Testament is filled with stories of people who believed, who knocked, who sought, who asked, who reminded God of His Word and whose requests were granted. He is faithful and He is waiting today to breathe Life into your homeschool classroom; to pour the oil of gladness over you and your children. The power has always been there- just waiting to be tapped.

Talk with your children today about Hebrews 1:9. Ask them about the oil of gladness. What do they think it means? Would they like to experience the “oil of gladness” in their homeschool today? Invite them to pray with you and ask the Lord to pour out that precious oil.

Today might be a fun day to have some fun learning about oil. Perhaps your children would like to build an oil well with popsickle sticks, Legos or Magnetix. Put some oil and water in a small jar. Let your children shake it and then watch how the oil floats to the top, separating itself from the water. Ask your husband to show the children some motor oil tonight when he gets home and explain to them where the oil is poured into the engine and why it’s important to have oil in the engine at all times.

Give thanks tonight before you fall asleep that you have unimaginable wealth just beneath your feet- yours for the asking from a God who loves you dearly.

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2 Responses so far »

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    Debbie said,

    Another well-written post! How do you do it? You really should write a book! 🙂

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    Rachel said,

    I agree with Debbie! Good stuff.


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