5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.– Psalm 126 : 5-6
As we come to the end of this deadliest year, we could agree that we’ve all been through a lot of stress personally, socially, financially and emotionally…yet we are still alive and breathing today by HIS pure grace..thus entitling 2020 as a cycle of ‘tears and joy’. Psalm 126 is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. With wisdom the psalmist reminded himself and all of us that great joy is often preceded by a season of tears, as if they are seeds we sow that will bring a crop of joy to be later reaped. And when it comes to words like ‘seeds…crops..reap’, how can we miss out our food-providers, our farmers!
Lesson from our FARMERS..
It is not just the farmers who sow seeds of hope with tears of anticipation, all of us have faced such situations in our lives too..There have been times when you need to shed tears to smile a bit more brighter.
Speaking in the worldly sense, seed refers to our toil, pain, efforts to attain success in life in our familial relations, profession or society.
But, these verses have an in-depth meaning with respect to the spiritual realms. Our prayers (with tears) for the redemption of souls and for the salvation of our dear ones are compared to those tiny seeds, which needs to be sown (with hope) and watered with our constant faith in order to reap its harvest of eternal life.
Sow the seed..
Just like how a farmer drops a seed and a tear, a seed and a tear, and so goes on his way, similarly we need to first accept that sowing tearful prayers for the right cause is the first step to be a true disciple of our Lord JESUS CHRIST. So, make it a joyful habit to pray fervently for the sinful, sick and unsaved in your day-to-day life!
Shift the sheaves..
With shoulders carrying sheaves of harvest, heart rejoicing at the plenty reaped and faces gleaming with immense happiness, farmers celebrate the fruit of their hard-work...Imagine a farmer, lazy to wake up early, sow seed and nurture it…Do you think he would be able to rejoice later?..’NO’..This is what happens when we expect for blessings without realizing that we have failed to seek our Creator through prayer first. If you make an effort to be an efficient sower of ‘the Good News’, then you could experience Eternal blessings from above and amazing miracles here below.
Remember to sow the ‘seed of tears’ before expecting to shift the ‘sheaves of joy’!
In the beautiful words of Mother Teresa, “Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of CHRIST risen.”
Food insecurity is one of the terrorizing problem that every country is trying to combat this year. And farmers play a pivotal role in the food security of any nation.
On this day of observance of Kisan Diwas or National Farmers’ Day, let’s remember the role of Indian farmers in the economy, especially small and marginal farmers who need our support in terms of prayer and courage to voice-out their rights.