Psalm 65:10 describes what happens when it is the Lord Who waters a field: “You water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth.”
Jesus talked about seeds and soil, too. He said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the [world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Matt 13:19-22)
There’s a connection, here. The intensity of life sometimes dries out those furrows we so carefully sculpt, even when they are sculpted with the best of intentions; ridges stiffen and rockiness slowly creeps in, suffocating the seeds that lie beneath. When there is no fresh growth of fresh seed, oftentimes thorns are not far behind. Those are the times we desperately need Him to “soften it with showers.” In those times I can feel what the the Psalmist wrote in the words, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” (Psa. 42:1)
As we pant for Him, for His Living Water to pour over us, penetrate, break down the furrows and ridges that have built up in our lives – He comes, He tenderly draws near to us…and He releases His Living Water until it permeates us. Psalm 65:9 states, “You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; you greatly enrich it…”
Overflowing and enriched, we are in a position that he can “bless its growth” and germinate His seeds buried down deep, that they may flower anew and transform our “ordinary life” into something He makes extraordinary.