They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps bearing precious seed shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bringing his sheaves with him. These verses found in Psalms 126: 5 -6 are thought to have be penned by Ezra. He was a scribe and leader among the children of exiled Jews still remaining in Babylon some one hundred years after being granted liberty to return to Israel.
The first group of the children of exile had begun rebuilding Jerusalem and surrounding areas years earlier. In those early days of their return life had been very difficult and trying as recorded in the book of Ezra. Their tears were precious seeds of hope and they were not in vain. Settlements grew as the hearts of brothers who remained in Babylon were stirred to return to their fathers’ homes.
In my fathers and grandfathers times they always held enough grain and seed back to plant the next year’s crop. I’m sure as the long lean winters progressed and stored foods dwindled the precious grain and seed for the new year became very tempting. Eat now and worry later. What strength of character it took to hope for the harvest while sowing in tears.
Life is painful at times. Our hope is often no more than a tiny seed. Such promise that tiny seed holds. Care for it. Protect it. Plant it with faith not in your self or what you have done but in the love of Almighty God who places within that tiny seed a universe to be discovered.