Why We Need To Stop Digging

Psalm 1:3 says, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (NIV)
Also, Paul reminds us, “Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 (NLV)

I am part of a Christian ministry at my college called Ignite, and at yesterday’s service, one of the other leaders shared a word from the Lord that really touched my heart.

This is the picture that God gave him:

We often are so excited to have deep roots in the Lord and to be planted by streams of living water that we start digging our own trenches. We dig and dig and dig until there’s this giant hole in the ground. But, there isn’t a tree.

Jesus comes along and gently takes the shovel from our dirt-smeared hands, and He says, “Let Me.”

We need to allow God to take over the digging process. When we give Him the shovel, He digs a new hole with just the right dimensions. He plants our tree and begins to water us.

Only then do we become trees planted by streams of living water. And only then do we get to truly experience the joy and rest in God’s presence.

This image was so powerful not just because of the need to surrender but because we focus on work too often.

We hear how important it is to cultivate a life of prayer. We learn about how to pray, when to pray, why it’s so important to pray. But, there is one key component missing.


God calls us to listen to Him. He so desires us to have attentive hearts that when we sit and gaze on His glory, His heart swells with joy and love. There is nothing comparable to those shared moments with Jesus.

That is what it looks like when He waters us.

Prayer is incredibly vital to our relationship with the Lord, but our time in the secret place doesn’t have to be us crying out to Him the whole time or spouting off a list of things we want Him to do. While there is something special about pouring our hearts out to God, there’s something even more beautiful about sitting before Him and listening.

Let Him have the shovel.

Let Him dig the hole and plant your tree by streams of living water.

Let Him water you as you bask in His majesty and simply listen.

Here are two songs that express the heart that I want to have — the deep longing to be wrapped in Jesus’ love and presence. I pray that each of us will be moved to a place of yearning for Jesus where we set down the shovel and let Him pour out His Spirit, love, wisdom, and care on us. Be blessed today, everyone!