He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6
Whether Winter has been mild or harsh, it has still been long. Nothing is green and our eyes are color starved as we look out over the brown grass and leafless trees. Everything may seem to be at a standstill, but behind the scenes preparations for Spring planting are already underway.
Seed and fertilizer have been ordered, machinery has been repaired and serviced and plans laid out for where to put the corn, the hay or the oats this year. Money is low, but the demands for spending are high. Even in today’s world we catch a glimpse of what it meant to “go forth weeping”. The seed that was to be planted may have been a large part of what was left from last year’s harvest. It was a temptation to be resisted to not grind that wheat or corn into flour for the family to eat. The farmer and his family knew that in spite of the sacrifice, the harvest for next year depended on them preparing the fields and putting a large part of their meager supply into the ground.
What is your store of seed today? Do you have just a small amount of hope? Do you hold on to just a bit of joy? Is there only a little space left at your table for a guest? The promise of God this morning is that when we plant in hope, that one day we will reap with joy. What will you choose to plant today?