If the only place you get your food is the grocery store with overflowing shelves and more choices than any one person truly needs, then this verse won’t mean much to you.
If you’ve never depended on a homemade pantry stocked with home-canned jars for your winter supply, it’s hard to understand.
But if you’ve ever had to choose between putting that last bit of corn into the ground or into your mouth, you won’t have any trouble imagining the tears that flow as you place each kernel beneath the dirt with a prayer begging for a bumper crop.
And then you wait.
Because only the planting in faith is MY business. The growing is God’s.
Those who walk the fields to sow, casting their seed in tears,
will one day tread those same long rows, amazed by what’s appeared.
Those who weep as they walk
and plant with sighs
Will return singing with joy,
when they bring home the harvest.
Psalm 126:5-6 VOICE
In dark and burdensome seasons of life, I am tempted to cling tightly to what I can hold in MY hand instead of clinging tightly in faith to the One Who holds me in HIS hand.
Sowing in tears is choosing to walk obediently even when obedience is costly and there is no visible evidence that it will produce a good result.
There may be a long wait-perhaps my entire lifetime-to see the harvest of choosing obedience in faith.
But there WILL be a harvest.
He guarantees it.
And then the tears will turn to JOY.