The Sorrowing Sower

Read: Psalm 126

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

-Psalm 126:5-6

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

-John 12:24-25

Sowing in tears is something unfamiliar to us who live in a land of plenty and only understand bounty and abundance. This parable makes much more sense to one who understands the precious value of seed that is sown.

In Africa, planting season is often a time when the farmer's family is down to very little food. One evening, the entire family is headed to bed with hungry stomachs when the youngest son rushes into the house to declare, “I have found grain in our shed, we can eat!” Yet the father knows that this is the seed grain that absolutely must not be touched. To eat the seed grain is to seal their fate and to end any hope of harvest and life.

Imagine the emotions of the farmer that next morning who knows his children are home hungry while he is out scattering this precious grain in the ground. That which could be kneaded in the pan is being tossed in the dirt. The father is sowing in tears. Yet he gives away to the ground that which is most precious in return for the promise of a harvest.

What joy awaits in the harvest when the purpose of that seed is fulfilled and once again there can be ample food on the table. Now the farmer, who once walked the field in tears, comes back from, the field with songs of joy. In the same way, our Heavenly Father gave up his own Son, the most precious possession he had. At an immeasurably great cost, Jesus became “the kernel of wheat that fell to the ground.” Through Christ's death, the seed of our forgiveness and eternal life was forever sown, and you and I are the plentiful harvest that results.

In this way, the Father rejoices over us and somehow counts us worthy of the great cost of sowing the truth of his love through the death of his son. Consider how we might respond to all God· has done for us, but first we must consider what kind of God would invest so lavishly in us that we would be called the children of God?

Reflection:

Can you recall all Jesus went through so we would know the truth of his love for us?

 

How does this cause you to want to respond in your own daily life?

 

Pastor Todd Crofford of Real Life Wesleyan