Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him. - Psalm 126v5-6
I have a confession to make. I am a crier. I cry at the drop of a hat. I cry reading books and watching films. I cry at happy stories and sad stories. I cry at songs. I cry at church. Tears are and always have been a part of my life.
Crying can be out of pain, but as we get older crying is usually an indication that our heart has been affected in some manner. My heart is moved now when I hear of young mothers with cancer. I can sit here now and think about our own Michelle and tears well up in my eyes. I know of a young mother of seven who is in her last days because of cancer. Those tears come because situations are real to me. Because of Michelle these situations are very meaningful and stir my heart.
The psalmist writes of enduring through the tough times. He speaks of the struggles of living and the tears that some with them.
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who goes forth weeping, carrying the seeds for sowing, will come back rejoicing bringing the fruits of their labour.
The thought reminds me of 'be not weary in well doing.' I find that my tears come most freely when I am tired. Weariness makes everything seem worse. Our weary tears are not wasted as long as we keep going. Those times of weeping will produce joy. If we keep going through the weary times we will reap, if we don't quit.
The tears and the tiredness will not last forever. Joy will come when we reap in due season.