Think of the worst times in life.
The things that legitimately hit us the hardest.
The things that linger with us, with memories that are painful to revisit. And hard to avoid.
Those are the things that can make us think that this is how it’s always going to be. Like nothing is ever going to change. Things that make us feel stuck.
When we’re in that place, things like we hear in today’s Psalm (“those that sow in tears shall reap in joy”) don’t really register. Either they run right past us. Or they just don’t ring true for us.
But whether they ring true for us or not – that has no impact on the simple fact of their truth. That even though it can seem like we’ll always feel this way. That things will always be this way. The truth is that they don’t have to.
It all comes down to sowing with our tears, and how we sow.
That is, whenever you and I are in the worst parts of life, we’re sowing. We’re sowing our grief, our anguish, our tears.
How we sow our grief, our anguish, our tears – that’s up to us.
We can sow them to ourselves, getting lost in the worst. Letting us fall in on ourselves.
I can tell you from experience that this is easy to do. I’ve done it. And I’ve lost friends doing it.
Or we can do the harder thing. We can sow our grief, our anguish, our tears to God.
Reaching out to God in the worst. Letting ourselves fall into the arms of the One who loves us the best.
Simply put, one is a roadmap for never finding a way out. The other is (counterintuitively) the way that leads to rejoicing.
Either way, you and I are going to go through life’s worst.
The question is whether we’ll come out the other side. And who we’ll be when we do. It all turns on how we sow.
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