No painful moment is easy for us to go through. We sit with tears that reveal a heart that has been torn in two or a body that is racked with pain. When will these tears ever stop and when will this night of pain and heartache be turned into a morning of joy? In Psalm 126:5-6, we read…“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. (6) Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”
For the longest time, I have seen my heart as a garden, where either new growth can spring up or where the weeds of circumstance can be left unattended…to the place where they clutter the heart and leave no room for new growth to begin. One day, we can look deep within the heart and see a beautiful garden that has brought us much happiness but then there can be moments, when we see that we have left the garden of our hearts unattended and as an overwhelming amount of circumstance stands before us, we find ourselves crying out to God, in the midst of a garden that has been overrun by the weeds of circumstance. As we cry out to God for help; He begins to walk through the garden of our heart with us and as He does, He reaches down, to pluck up the weeds of circumstance that have overtaken the garden that once produced beauty and good fruit. From there, God begins to plant new seed, which allows us to die to ourselves, so God’s seed can spring up in our place. As we go through this process, we experience moments of tears and a heart that wonders if God has left us alone; but as the tears fall, they begin to water the seed that God has planted deep within the heart and from there, a harvest of God’s goodness begins to spring up within us…bringing new growth and joy within the heart once more.
How long has it been, since we entered the garden of our hearts? Have we worked side by side with God, to pluck up the weeds of circumstance, so everything in our lives can continue to grow and flourish for Him? If not…then this isn’t the time to become overwhelmed by what we are seeing before us but rather, this is the time to cry out to God and allow Him to reach down and pluck up the moments that have overtaken the garden of our hearts; so He can replant new seed…seed that will grow through the tears that have watered the heart from within.