Words from the Heart for Sunday August 13th, 2017
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT)
Planting in Tears, Harvesting in Joy
This verse gives us the promise that none of our tears have been shed in vain. You likely have wept over situations. You have wondered if there would be any breakthrough or change. Your prayers and tears are going to be replaced with joy. Like seed planted, there will be a harvest that makes the patient planting worth it all.
When Canadians think of harvesting, they think of wheat, or corn, field vegetables or fruit. Seldom do we think of harvesting timber. But timber harvesting is an integral part of the Canadian economy. According to the Canadian government website: “Canada has 3.47 million square kilometers of forest, representing 35% of Canada’s terrestrial area. About 9% of the global forest cover is in Canada. Sustainable forest management means ensuring that forests provide a broad range of goods and services over the long term. Forest managers plan for harvest levels that will not affect the long-term sustainability of the forest resource. Governments estimate the yearly acceptable level of harvest by estimating the wood supply, which is the maximum volume of wood that can be harvested sustainably.
Pain is seldom welcomed in our personal lives. We do our best to avoid anything that would cause us to reach the point of tears. But life can be challenging and often pain comes from the most unexpected sources. Loved ones let us down, children walk away from all that is sacred, a job is lost, and finances are depleted. There are other reasons for tears as well. The recognition of the lostness of men and women without Christ can bring us to the point of tears. God is very much aware of our pain and desires to bring blessing out of these times. The Psalmist has experienced the pain that life can bring, but also knows these trials are often like the planting of a crop – there is a price to pay in the planting, but great joy in the harvesting. So he writes in Psalm 126:5-6: “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” The painful times do not last forever. They are like planting season – hard work at the time, but worth all the effort when the harvest comes. Your painful situation will end, and all the tears you have shed, all the brokenness you have experienced, are the planting of seeds that will one day soon yield a beautiful and joyful harvest. Keep your eyes on the Lord and He will see that joy will come soon enough.
These have been words from the heart.