What a promise to cling to from the Lord; things may feel bumpy now, but let’s remember that better days are ahead – eventually.
Note that this verse from Psalm 126 does not indicate that we won’t have tears – quite the opposite, in fact! To be sure, we all experience times of sorrow, but these seasons have a specific beginning and end pre-ordained by God. So, we can cling to the hope that things will change in time (again, reflecting on the principle of the harvest resonates with me, as the most significant growth that happens in the life of a plant is within the soil, rather than above it).
And when our change comes, we will experience joy – not necessarily because we received an answer to a long-sought-after prayer, but rather because we are able to rest in the knowledge that “godly sorrow” (according to the Bible) often cultivates a tenderness of heart that makes us more attuned to the Lord’s leading in our lives.
This reminds me that even our troubles can serve the purposes of God, as the tears we shed help to “water” the seeds of faith that we are planting. So whether we receive our harvest on this side of eternity or the other, we can remember that God is faithful; and, as the Bible says, He is rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
So if you find yourself in a tearful situation now, know that the Lord sees your pain, grieves with you, and is working on a plan to redeem it so that you and others can experience a deeper level of healing and growth. After all, the seed of an oak tree, when well-watered, grows and sustains life (by offering shade, shelter, and nourishment) for others, often for many years to come.
I wonder if that isn’t God’s heart for each of us. And if you think of His promises as seeds and our hearts as soil, then who really knows how big and strong the trees of our lives may grow to be? 🌳