“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5)
What is it about “sowing in tears?” Why not sowing in joy, or sowing in comfort, or sowing in ease? What is it about tears that makes the harvest so much more fruitful? What is it about pain that produces more sheaves within us, among us, and around us?
The Greek tragedian, Aeschylus, once said: “He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”
Somehow, in God’s economy, tears and pain produce the most fertile soil for growth. Our most painful seasons and experiences become the best seedbeds for future harvest. In those times, God accomplishes things deep within us that could be accomplished in no other way—if we are open and willing. Sowing in tears can bring about a harvest of righteousness.
So in your times of deepest sorrow and sadness, do not despair, God is up to something. He can and will bring about a harvest in due time. One day, if you are faithful to keep on sowing, tears and all, you will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with you. One day.