Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him. - Psalm 126:4-6
Winters can be hard on us. It’s not as hard for most of us as it was in the day when most people lived on the farm and raised their own food. In that day the farmer would harvest his crop and hope that it was enough to feed his family through the winter and spring and leave enough to sell or trade for the necessary things of life. And his hope was always that when winter is over he still has enough seed to plant a new crop.
In this passage Israel has gone through about 70 years of being kept from their homes and land. It was like a long winter. Now they are back home with just a small amount of seed and hoping for a bountiful harvest. As they sow there are many tears
of sorrow for what had been lost over the last 70 years. But there are also tears of hope; their hope is in their God and this psalm speaks of this hope: “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”
We all have to face winters in our life. For many of us the challenges of life’s winter produces a sorrow that carries over into the spring when it is time to sow for a new harvest. Don’t allow the sorrow of hard times to prevent you from sowing for a new harvest. Sow new seed, even if it is in the pain of loss. For every Winter there is a Spring just waiting to bring forth a new harvest, but we must sow, even in tears, in order to reap a bountiful harvest.
Have you been in the Winter of life? It’s Spring. Go out and sow, even if it hurts. You will have a time of harvest if you will sow the seed. Remember; He who goes out weeping carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves.”
Prayer: Lord, don’t let me get stuck in winter. Grant me the grace to sow for a new harvest even when it hurts. In Jesus name, amen.
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