Sowing and reaping

22 Sep

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, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:5, 6 ESV)

I read this Psalm this morning and it reminded me of the beatitudes in Matthew 5 where it says blessed are those who mourn and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will comforted and they shall be satisfied. Those suffering under hardship in Israel were grieving all that they had lost, their nation, and their freedom all due to their sinfulness. They were sowing tears of loss, tears of repentance, and tears of desperation. And God takes those tears and grows them into joy! Now that takes some time, you don’t plant things and grow them fully overnight. For some it may take all the way to death, when the fruit of our faithfulness in the midst of pain blossoms into the joy of being in the presence of The Lord. The Psalmist uses the phrase come home, and when we quite literally come home from our time on earth we come home into joy! No matter how we leave, when we get home we are greeted by joy. Anyone who goes through the pain of this life with a Godward focus is not wasting their tears. They are planting them, giving them to the only being who can take such hard ground and make it beautiful again. If He can make something as shameful and disgusting as a cross beautiful then certainly He can make our tears sprout into joy. The disciples felt this change over 3 days. The tears of Friday blossomed into joy on resurrection Sunday. And because of THAT day no godly tears will ever prove unfruitful. They can and they will blossom into joy!

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11 Responses to “Sowing and reaping”

  1. Brit W. September 23, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Amen, Adam. Thanks for those words. Love the picture of you and girls. P.S. Welcome back :)

  2. Aunt Sue September 23, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    No need to read my daily devotional now since you just provided a deeper one than I usually get :) Thank you for that. I know that your routine is setting in – and now as you head back to work, it will get a bit more complicated. I will be praying for all of you as you settle in that you would continue to walk this path of grief with bits of joy – LOVE the picture of you and the girls. Precious…you all are simply precious to us.

  3. Julie September 23, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    There’s just something awesome about young cowgirls!

  4. The McMullen's September 23, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Beautiful family!!!!

  5. megan williams September 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Adorable picture with a beautiful angel looking over you!!

  6. Justin & Melissa Dodds September 24, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Awesome picture of a great looking bunch of cowgirls!

  7. Vicki Rhodes September 24, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    What a beautiful reminder that our sorrow is also in God’s plan and points us to Him! Love that picture of you and your cowgirls.

  8. Bill Knepp September 24, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Love the post and Beautiful Picture- God Bless you all!!

  9. Chris L. Klein September 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Adam,
    I was speaking with Mike the day before Allie’s funeral and he asked me to run a few for her in the upcoming Akron Half Marathon. Participating in her boot clamp classes for over a year, often with Mike, inspired me to another level of fitness. Her genuineness gave her faith and dedication to Christ away without words. I have thought a lot about you and Mike, particularly while training for the half. As the husband of a breast cancer survivor and the father of a son and two young daughters, my heart resonates for you both. The funeral was a strong testament to the way Allie lived her life, and my life has been enriched by knowing her. I am honored to dedicate my last three for Allie, and I know that her inspiration will help me finish my simple little race. But I do have a prayer request for anyone reading this. On Sunday I totaled my motorcycle into a guard rail on I-77. My gear did its job and the Lord had my back as I was able to drag the bike off the road and walk away with barely a scratch. But I am dealing with a lot of upper back pain and my wife, family, and friends have decided that I am not allowed to run the half until I have had an MRI to confirm nothing is broken. I ask that God continue to cover my back side and insure that I can run this weekend, and appreciate any other prayers spoken on my behalf.

    Sincerely, Chris

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  11. Kendall September 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    You guys are adorable! Your posts are great. You’re so full of wisdom, Allie always told me that, but I am for sure seeing it with this blog. Love hearing it.

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