Sowing in Tears
I have heard it said, “One man’s perception is another man’s reality, or, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure .” Life is all about perspective. How we view our circumstances will change how we live our lives.
This past week we had 2 options with our business, lay down in defeat or press in deeper with our Father and seek His wisdom for our situation. Quit looked good. I couldn’t do it. I believe what we are doing at MMTV is our calling in life. Yea, I know, not the traditional way of thinking about work and business, but if it glorifies the Lord and uses the gifts and talents He’s bestowed in you, then is it not a form or worship meant to glorify the Lord?
The enemy will come against you to try and defer you from your path. Just because he does, does not prevent the presence of the Lord in your life. If anything, it provides the opportunity to prove the presence of our God in our life. All I have to do is look at the situation of this past week and realize that our God is right there with us each step of the way. It took 5 minutes to secure each loan for the 2nd trailer and RV, 5 minutes!
Has life gotten tough lately? If so, press in deeper to the waiting arms of our Father for answers. He will help you find your path.
Sowing In Tears
by Os Hillman
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” – Psalm 126:5
Psalm 126 describes an interesting process that goes against our natural tendencies when we are taken into a difficult period in our lives. Whenever we are hurled into a crisis that brings tears, our tendency is to retreat or recoil in fear and hurt. However, there is a better way that God tells us to handle such times of travail.
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” (Ps. 126:5-6). God is telling us that if we will do what is unnatural for us in these circumstances, He will make sure that what we sow in tears will return in joy. This is one of the most important lessons I have learned when faced with difficult circumstances. Rather than sit back and allow self-pity and discouragement to consume us, we should plant seed during this time. Reach out to a person who needs a friend. Invest in the life of another. See where you can be a blessing to someone. Give of yourself.
The psalmist acknowledges that we are doing this while we are in our pain. However, during this time we are to sow seed. That seed will return to us in another form. Here is what will happen when we do this. “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” We will receive joy and fruit from the seed that we plant during this time. Sheaves represent the fruit of a harvest. We will actually get a harvest from this seed.
“You must not let the circumstances destroy you! Too many in the Kingdom are counting on you to come through this because of the calling on your life!” Those were the words spoken to me by a friend one time when I was in the midst of a very difficult business and personal circumstance that was threatening to destroy me emotionally. This person saw what God was doing and the fruit that God wanted to bring from these circumstances. Sometimes we need others around us to push us through the difficult times. If you find yourself in a difficult place today, see where you can sow some seed. Soon you will be reaping songs of joy.