Sowing by sheer will and watering the seed with tears

“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” – Psalm 126:5

The most difficult place to keep moving in faith is the place of extreme pain. Extreme pain, especially emotional pain, can become immobilizing to the human spirit if it is allowed to overcome us. The psalmist tells us there is only one remedy for overcoming painful circumstances that will result in joy. We are to sow in the midst of these times. You cannot do this if you live by feelings alone. It is an act of the will. This act requires that we go outside ourselves in pure faith.I learned this principle during one of the deepest darkest periods of my life. I had lost most of that which was dear to me. A mature man in the faith admonished me to reach out to others in spite of my own pain. “Invest in someone else,” he said. I did not realize what a place of healing and comfort that would become. I began to reach out to my daughters. To be more emotionally available to them. I began to cultivate my few close friendships and sow into their lives. “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him” (Ps. 126:6). Pain can become a source of joy if we take the first step by planting seed. There is a harvest that will come if we sow in the midst of tears. If we are hurting,  find someone. ..somewhere….somehow to invest our time,  effort and energy into someone else’s life……once we take our hands off of the hurt and wound….then it can begin to scab over…..being careful to not pick at it while it scabs over. The scab is ugly but new skin is forming under it. The ugly scab reminds us not to make the same mistake again. Sowing with tears helps us focus on someone elses healing while ours is happening little by little.

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