He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him." (Psalm 126:6 NIV)
Reading road maps are difficult for me. I've persevered with them at times to reach my destinations. My preference when traveling is to get directions that I can write down and understand. What about you? How do you best receive information of this kind?
And what of our life journey? There are seasons when directions seem clear. Then, unexpected stops or detours may bring confusion.
In coming to know Christ we are filled with faith. We realize that receiving new life in him means dying to our old life. It is not long before testings come that may make us feel stranded on this new road. It is then we discover and must accept the way he wants to direct us.
I believe that God deposits his seeds of grace within us to help us. God knows his plans for us are good - ones that will prosper us. The road we travel may seem strange. None of us like challenging times, and we don't like a route change. However, we need guidance to where God is leading. We learn we must stay his course and not get lost taking another.
We learn that the cries of our hearts and the literal tears of our frustrations can water the pathway we follow. When seeds and good soil meet up with such water, we grow and prosper as God has designed. Should soil be dark and damp for too long, we may dislike it. However, we are equipped to know and trust such waiting times.
There may be harvest moments that only we and the Lord know about - his help to accept our challenges with cheerful hearts, or his rest in the midst of pain. Truly, the greatest harvest we receive is his consistent faithfulness. When we reach our journey's end, his bounty will have made his route well worth the taking.
Prayer: Lord, when my focus on life's burdens is heavy, redirect me back to you. Guide me on my way and help me to find joy in our journey. Amen.