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Diggin’ Deep Ain’t Just A Garden Thing

My family and I are in the process of tilling up dirt, preparing for Spring, and it got me thinkin’ about “diggin’ in deep”. For over 25 years my dad ran his own lawn care business and had every landscape tool you could think of. We spent a lot of time outside as kids, playing in our yard and digging holes.

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I’d think I had nearly hit China before my dad would confirm I’d only made it a couple of feet from the surface. Although the results were disappointing, the digging was therapeutic and kept us busy. It makes me sad today to see parents “keep their kids busy” with only iPads and putting them in front of the TV.

Back when I was a kid, we were digging holes, hammering nails into 2x4s, and climbing trees. Technology is great, but it prevents us from digging deep.

As my humanness humbles me daily, I’m learning that technology isn’t the only thing that keeps us from digging deep. Diggin’ deep ain’t just a garden thing.

We all seem to suffer from some form of anxiety, loneliness, comparison, or resentment; name it if you know it. And if you aren’t currently suffering, you can name someone close to you going through it.

Time moves quickly and life is fleeting before us, and we have a tendency to get caught up in the rip current of everything. Without the time and tools, it isn’t possible to dig very deep.

Our roots remain shallow and our grip on life can become weak.

At a time in my life when I felt the fruit I was producing was bitter, and the soil I was planting on was rocky; Jesus showed up and provided a shovel and a hole-digging opportunity.

I know Jesus has a holy digging moment for you if He had one for me.

This scripture in Matthew is encouraging to the wanderer, the shallow believer, and the friend that feels they don’t know how to “go deep”. ”If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is missing?“
Matthew 18:12 

Jesus is searching for you.

I’ve been told He is a gentleman, and He won’t barge in the door demanding attention or a relationship with you. He will knock, speak quietly, and be the wave of peace in the middle of your anger. Steady as can be, He will not intrude. He will not force himself on you.

He will show up when you finally need Him, shovel in hand, ready to dig in deep with you.

As I think back to my childhood days of digging, it wasn’t a big deal. Picture a kid with a shovel and nothing better to do. I’d break into the surface, go as far as I could go, and then I’d cover it back up till the next time I could dig.

Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows how deep we can go.

Below are a few tips that have helped me to get deeper into my faith, and I wanted to share them with you.

Start Your Day w/ Prayer

Having conversations with God is crucial when you decide to dig. Bringing whatever you have ahead of you, what’s got a strong grip on you, or something that is affecting you, all qualifies as worthy to Him. God wants you to come to Him with everything. He cares and wants to be in a relationship with you. Prayer is a way to build that bond and begin to uncover the things only God knows about you. (Check out the end of the article for an easy prayer to pray if prayer is new to you.)

Seek Jesus for Refuge

“Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.” Psalms 16:1. For those of you that still have your sights set on “breaking news”, please bring your attention to the King in Heaven who has His best interest set on you. I’m serious when I say, it’s not smart to doubt the God who physically separated the Red Sea for Moses and his crew. We’d be better off obsessing over God’s mercy and grace than the latest happenings in the news.

Trust the Process

A journey in building faith is not an easy thing. There will be many obstacles and tests along the way. David, the Psalmist who wrote, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” (16:8), knew that we would need endurance to dig deep. The more times we go back and dig, the deeper we will go. The results at first may be disappointing and leave you feeling like you don’t have much to show. Trust that He is always with you, transforming your heart every step along the road.

Don’t let “digging in” be daunting. May you be encouraged to trust that Jesus wants to go deep with you.

Local Pulse Staff Writer & Holy Moments Columnist, Makenna Curtis 

** Prayer practice**

God, I thank you for everything.
I give you every part of me and ask that you make known that you are with me.
In Jesus’ name, I pray,
Amen.