I know my tears won't last forever. In the end, there will be blessings. My tears will be turned to joy!
Talk to Your Tears
Desiring God, by John Piper
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes
out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of
joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6
There is nothing sad about sowing seed. It takes no more work than
reaping. The days can be beautiful. There can be great hope of harvest.
Yet the psalm speaks of “sowing in tears.” It says that someone “goes
forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing.” So why are they weeping?
I think the reason is not that sowing is sad, or that sowing is hard.
I think the reason has nothing to do with sowing. Sowing is simply the
work that has to be done even when there are things in life that make us
The crops won’t wait while we finish our grief or solve all our
problems. If we are going to eat next winter, we must get out in the
field and sow the seed whether we are crying or not.
If you do that, the promise of the psalm is that “you will reap with
shouts of joy.” You will “come home with shouts of joy, bringing your
sheaves with you.” Not because the tears of sowing produce the joy of
reaping, but because the sheer sowing produces the reaping, and you need
to remember this even when your tears tempt you to give up sowing.
So here’s the lesson: When there are simple, straightforward jobs to
be done, and you are full of sadness, and tears are flowing easily, go
ahead and do the jobs with tears. Be realistic. Say to your tears:
“Tears, I feel you. You make me want to quit life. But there is a field
to be sown (dishes to be washed, car to be fixed, sermon to be
Then say, on the basis of God’s word, “Tears, I know that you will
not stay forever. The very fact that I just do my work (tears and all)
will in the end bring a harvest of blessing. So go ahead and flow if you
must. But I believe (I do not yet see it or feel it fully) — I believe
that the simple work of my sowing will bring sheaves of harvest. And my
tears will be turned to joy.”