Scripture often uses the metaphor of plowing to illustrate God’s work in our lives to prepare us to produce a harvest. “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12)
In the rhythms of our lives, there are seasons of plowing. The topsoil of our lives turned over. Things get messy and disheveled as God is getting ready to plant seed in hearts where it will produce a rich harvest.
God doesn’t plow ground he is not going to plant. The plowing always has a purpose to it, and in today’s verse, we see the promise that the plowing will not last forever. The plowing is only a preparation for planting.
Isaiah goes on to say, “Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field. (Isaiah 28:25)
When God plants, he plants the right seed in the right soil. He makes no mistakes. All the preparation has a goal, and God is strategic in his work in our lives.
God may be using circumstances or people to turn over the topsoilof your life. You may feel as though the life you have worked so hard to keep smooth and presentable is being ripped up and destroyed. Maybe you’ve resisted the process. Maybe you keep trying to smooth it over and make it look like it used to, but to no avail. If you will surrender yourself to the Master’s Gardener’s work, you will see that you are being prepared a harvest.