OK, so I dug a 3X3 foot pit and we planted a new peach tree. Then we watered the little guy until water didn’t seem to be seeping down into the hole anymore. I have this mental image of the whole, filled with soggy dirt, while the dirt around it remains dry and hard. Yesterday I dumped a bunch more water in there, and then it rained an inch over the last 24 hours. This little sucker ain’t gonna dry out even if it wants to!
Water is essential for life, and living in the desert makes that especially poignant. Watering things, then, is nurturing, life-giving, the quintessential expression of goodness. In the Amazon, where it often rains 200 inches in a year, water is not such a symbol. To bring people in out of the rain under the protection of one’s roof is nurturing, life-giving, the quintessential expression of goodness. In a land of shadows it might be to bring someone into the light. In the land of eternal sun a bit of darkness might be welcome! Water is essential for life, yes, but nurturing is relational. Relational means human. Martin Buber wrote,