There have been tears this weekend. Life is hard and the fall is real. And with the Lord, we trust that pruning is a privilege in preparation of future fruitfulness for His glory. And too there's the hope of increased nearness to Him when there's some severing from the world. May it be, Lord. Small seeds being laid down dead, giving themselves to struggle toward the light, and then the waiting... and finally then the new life breaking through.
We planted yesterday and our tears are still fresh (and just maybe they're still falling) and there's no new life to show for it yet. /Yet/ To be spoken with hope.
How appropriate that Piper's Solid Joys devotional for this morning, April 13, was about Psalm 126: 5-6. "Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, brining his sheaves with him."
Piper wrote, "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 finish our grief and 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." It is simply...."the sheer sowing (that) produces the reaping, and you need to remember this even when your tears tempt you to give up sowing."
"So here's the lesson: When there are simple, straightforward jobs to be done, and you are full of sadness, and tears are flowing easily, go ahead and do the jobs with tears. Be realistic. Say to your tears: 'Tears, I feel you. You make me want to quit life. But there is a field to be sown... Then, on the basis of God's word, say "Tears, I know that you will not stay forever. The very fact that I just do my work (tears and all) will in the end bring a harvest of blessing. So go ahead and flow if you must. But I believe (though I do not yet see it or feel it) - I believe that the simple work of my sowing will bring sheaves of harvest and that you tears, will be turned to joy."