I’m very often surprised by the Scripture passage God has me use, or how He directs our prayers for a city or town. Today is no different. Very often it takes a lot of praying and reading before I find what He wants me to use. For Highland Lake, it came almost immediately, which is very unusual.
Located in Blount County
Mayor Gail Bailey
Incorporated August 17, 1967
2010 population 3,926
40 miles Northeast of Birmingham
Originally a wilderness mountain valley around the Blackburn fork of the Little Warrior River, populated with small farms.
Originally called Shuff Lake after Hugh Shuff who, in 1954, developed a plan to create a reservoir by building a dam across the Blackburn fork of the river. The dam was completed and the Lake (Shuff Lake) filled in 1955.
The reservoir was originally intended to provide irrigation to the farmers in the area and provide a recreational area.
Plans to use the lake for irrigation were abandoned after Birmingham City objected. The lake was then developed as a recreational and residential area.
Shuff Lake was renamed Lake Highland in 1956 after a company in Gadsden (Joe L. Moore and Company) took over the real estate development of the lake.
- In 1963 Highland Lake property owners established a new corporation, Lake Highland, Inc., which took title to the lake. This corporation maintained the lake and sold real estate in the community until the community was incorporated.
Psalm 91:1-4 – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!’ For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”
Lord God, You are the Most High King. The King of Israel; the King of glory; the King of our hearts; King of Creation; King of Heaven. You are the Almighty. Everything is under Your dominion and power. We cannot be shaken when we are hidden in You, no matter what is going on in our lives or in the world around us.
We lift up the town of Highland Lake to You, O King, and ask that You would use this community to bless Your name. May You be welcomed in this town as the King of King and Lord of Lords, as the Almighty One. We pray that this community would choose to dwell in Your shelter, and not just the houses they’ve built or bought, and not just in their careers or hobbies.
Would You be the refuge and fortress for Mayor Bailey and all the city leaders? Let them find rest in You when the pressure and concerns of their jobs and families weigh heavily on them. Cause them to run to You for safety from the things that would try to harm them. Deliver them from the snare of bad deals, alluring but misguided investments or decisions for the town, and most of all from the enemy of their souls. Teach them to wait on You, so that not only can they find refuge under Your wings, but they can also soar on wings of eagles (Is. 40:31).
Father, I’m just really feeling impressed to ask for protection for this community. God, grant them protection that can only come from You. We pray for protection in the streets; protection in the homes; protection for the residents of Highland Lake and for the leaders; protection for the law enforcement officers in that town; and protection for the Church in Highland Lake. Oh God, be their shield and their rampart. You ARE their very certain help in time of trouble.
We declare You are faithful in Highland Lake. Show Yourself faithful on their behalf in every way that they need You. Bless this town with Your faithful protection. In Your Holy name, we ask all of this.
How has God been YOUR refuge and fortress?