There’s a verse in the book of Psalm (126:5, to be exact) that says, “Those who sow with tears will reap with joy.” I’m not one to usually be caught up in the imagery of the Bible, but when I came across this verse one day, something in me stopped.
Can you imagine sowing with tears? I picture my family’s farm in Iowa and miles of tilled, fertile soil. To sow with tears, you wouldn’t be able to use a tractor to plant every seed, of course. You would only be able to walk with your bag of seeds row by row, mile by mile. I imagine it being tedious but incredibly satisfying. Burdensome but cathartic.
There are a lot of things in life that bring us tears. I don’t know if I can count the people and events I’ve cried over recently, sometimes out of empathy and other times out of my own personal sadness. Our hearts break into a million pieces and we’re often so fixated on trying to figure out where the pieces went that we forget about the life in front of us. Sometimes, there’s just plants to sow and we have to do it. We have to keep going.
We could lay in our beds and wait for the tears to stop flowing to get out there and sow, but what will that leave us with? Dead plants without enough time in the season to grow. A waste of seeds and energy. Nothing. Alternatively, we can find use out of the tears that paralyze us. We can use them to water the soil as we sow and allow so much to grow.
Here’s the good news: God tells us that yes, there will be tears, but even better than the tears is the joy you will reap after. We absolutely cannot help the troubles we find ourselves in sometimes but what we can do is push through it. We can get to the other side. We can pursue the things He has promised us.
I’m not here to tell you that we’re not supposed to be sad or mourn. All I’m saying is that if you’re having a hard day or going through the impossible, I can tell you that there is redemption at the end if you want it. All you have to do is sow your tears to reap the joy.