Today marks a turn-around for me. I’m repenting and letting go of the bondages that have bound me for so long.
I want to share the message below, it marks this season of my life. Sowing in Tears. I hurt alot right now… and I cry easily anyway. But the harvest won’t wait… so here I go! The link to the site that originally published it is at the bottom.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy! He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
PSALM 126:5–6, RSV
There is nothing sad about sowing seed. It takes no more work than reaping. The days can be beautiful. There can be great hope of harvest. Yet Psalm 126 speaks of “sowing in tears.” It says that someone “goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing.” Why is he weeping? I think the reason is not that sowing is sad or that sowing is hard. I think the reason has nothing to do with sowing. Sowing is simply the work that has to be done, even when there are things in life that make us cry. The crops won’t wait while we grieve or solve all our problems. If we are going to eat next winter, we must get out in the field and sow the seed whether we are crying or not.
This psalm teaches the tough truth that, whether I am emotionally up for it or not, there is work to be done, and it is good for me to do it. Suppose you are in a season of heartache, and it’s time to sow seed. Do you say, “I can’t sow the field this spring, because I am brokenhearted”? If you do, you will not eat in winter.
Suppose you say instead, “I am heartsick. I cry if the milk spills at breakfast or if the phone rings at supper. I cry for no reason at all, but the field needs to be sowed. That is the way life is. I don’t feel like it, but I will take my bag of seeds and go into the fields and do my crying while I do my duty. I will sow in tears.”
This psalm promises that if you do that, you will “come home with shouts of joy, bringing your sheaves with you”— not because the tears of sowing produce the joy of reaping, but because the sheer sowing produces the reaping.
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Tuesday October 11, 2005 – 12:46pm (CDT)