“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” Psalm 126: 5-6
Wow, that describes much of my life. The Lord is very familiar with my tears. In the wake of brutal childhood sexual abuse I have shed many tears. Having a 30 year marriage die due to my illness has been extremely difficult. Yet Jesus was always there to embrace and comfort me in my distress. In doing so He taught me about empathy and the need to comfort others who desperately need His touch in their lives.
I am a very emotional person. Always have been, plus It comes with the roller coaster ride that is PTSD. Even as an adult I cry often. Sometimes with tears of sorrow. Other times with tears of joy, and quite often with tears of eager expectation. Many times I cry while I am praying for those I will encounter in the future that do not yet know Christ in His fullness. Jesus will often lead me to pray and cry for those just needing a touch of His comfort and joy. Yes, the Lord has me pray for strangers that I have never met. To some this may seem odd, but since childhood it has been part of my everyday life.
Jesus has shown me so much love and kindness over the years and I feel the need to repay Him in part by reaching out and touching others with His grace, love, mercy and truth. The fruit of simply allowing Him to abide in me and then flow forth out from my heart to others is undeniable. Jesus has given me so much comfort and love that it has no choice, but to overflow from my life and touch the lives of others. I am just a weak and simple vessel, as are you, but when we choose to allow Him to fill us beyond our human measure; His blessings will abound to those we encounter in our everyday lives. This is not rocket science. If we merely surrender our hearts to Him, He will do a good work in us to the great benefit of others and ourselves.
When was the last time you sowed in tears for the sake of others? Do you allow Jesus to move within you in such a manner? Perhaps it is time to sit down with Jesus and just allow His compassion to flow forth from within you? Sometimes life is very hard and it is difficult to let down our barriers and allow ourselves to be overcome with Godly sorrow for the sake of both ourselves and others. The world teaches us to be hard and calloused as a defense mechanism, but God wants our hearts to be soft and empathetic. If you want true joy in your life you will allow yourself to sow in tears. Because it is only when those healing waters flow that we can truly experience His all surpassing comfort and Joy. If we sow in tears we will reap songs of joy. Allow His compassion to flood your very being. Jesus wept and so should we.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !
P.s. I am currently navigating through some difficult times and would appreciate your prayers.