The Ground We Do Not See

Have you ever thought about the ground God waters, that no one has ever seen? A place in the world that no man has ever laid foot and yet the land is taken care of, not by humans, but God. This week while reading in the book of Job, this scripture caught my attention and has been a great reminder of who our God is. 

to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass. Job 27:38

In a season where Job felt deserted and unseen, God reminded Him of exactly who He was and what only He can do. God reminded Job in that moment that He even cares for the untouched earth by giving it just the right amount of water to make even the tender grass sprout forth! May we all take great joy and peace in the fact that even though our eyes may not see, God is always working. If our situation seems hopeless, the God of hope sees and cares for the things unseen to us. Timing may be different, the outcome may not always be as expected, but take great delight in the reassurance that God is watering the unseen desert.  

 While thinking of the untouched land that God cares for, I can picture Him holding a big watering can over the desert that has not felt the presence of rain in months. He sprinkles every inch of the dry ground, knowing just what it needs to flourish. Not too much and not too little, just the right amount to make the grass grow again and the creatures have the food and nourishment that they need. When I think of the things that God does every day without our help, I feel comfort, and peace that in the things unseen, there is a God that sees beyond.

The land has never asked to be watered, and yet God cares for it. The raven has never asked for food, and yet God provides its every need. If God provides without an ask, can you imagine what He can do when we come boldly to His throne room and ask? 

A few months ago all my boys hopped in daddy’s truck to run some errands. I was a hot mess and had been sitting at my table crying about the things unseen. I was worried about the what-ifs, the hows and the whys. After they left, I laid on my floor and cried out to The One who sees and hears. I asked for answers and knew that when my trust was wavering, only He could answer my doubts and questions. In that moment, I had no answers right away, but I did have peace that it was now in God’s hands and not my own. God is faithful and Psalms 62 says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people: pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” God doesn’t want us to just trust the things we see right in front of us, He wants us to always trust Him in every situation. In just a few short months, God has taken my prayers and answered, in such beautiful, amazing ways. There are still things unseen and unknown, but the truth is, that even in that, my faith has been renewed. Let us all be reminded this week, that no matter what it is that is on your mind, what situations you may be going through, God waters the unseen ground and how much more will He take care of you.


Published by Emily Rodewald

Emily is a writer and worship leader. She has written several worship songs, she is a co-author or two children's books and has begun writing about the light of Jesus in her blog at She is a co-founder of Parallel Ministries and a mom of two boys, George and Oliver. She has been married for 13 years to the man of her dreams, Daniel. She and her family live in beautiful Montana where they enjoy taking the boys fishing, going on adventures, and renovating their new home.

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