My heart has been more than heavy lately. As someone who senses and feels emotions (in self and others) very deeply, my heart has been really overwhelmed by things in our world, our society, and personally in my life/the lives of those I love. We seem to all be in a season of trials and travail right now, and I continue to sense exhaustion, weariness, fear, and sorrow all around me.
We’ve been reading the book “The Gift of Tears” in our leadership team, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect because I’ve been weeping more lately than I feel like I ever have. I’ve been moved to tears over our nation, other nations, loved ones, friends, my family…
Today I was praying over this weight I continue to feel, and all of a sudden, I heard Holy Spirit’s voice so clearly—but it wasn’t words I heard. It was a deep, booming laughter straight from His belly. And then I could hear myself laughing with Him. I started to smile while I was at work as I continued to hear His infectious laugh and even chuckled out loud.
I began to look to scripture where laughter is referenced, and of course the first verse I read was in the same book and chapter that Jessica shared Sunday night at the Garden gathering. She shared Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow their tears as seeds will reap a harvest with joyful shouts of glee.”
The next verse says, “They may weep as they go out carrying their seed to sow, but they will return with joyful laughter and shouting with gladness as they bring back armloads of blessing and a harvest overflowing.!”
Oh, what a beautiful reminder in the midst of the heaviness! We may all be in seasons of deep weeping right now as we experience and feel such sorrow, trials, and travail…but this verse is a promise that while we’ll weep as we carry our seeds to sow, we WILL return with joyful laughter as we bring back ARMLOADS of blessings and a harvest overflowing! HE is the only Father who can turn our weeping into joy and gladness!
We know our tears are a gift, and He stores up every single one in His tender heart. And we also know that every tear we cry is purposefully and intentionally planting a seed, and a JOYFUL harvest is coming from those tears—and oh what laughter and jubilee will permeate Heaven when the harvest is here!
So keep sowing seeds in your beautiful tears, sister, and cling to this promise He’s given us– your harvest full of laughter, blessings, and joy is on the horizon. And like the proud, sweet, and attentive Daddy He is, He’ll be waiting with open arms and a beaming smile when His daughter returns with armloads of blessings from the harvest, smiling and laughing with joy. Our laughter is literally music to His precious ears. And today, His laughter was music to mine.