As I look back over my life, I can honestly say that God has fulfilled this scripture in my life. Most of you who read Tuesdays with Tracy on a regular basis know of my story and how my childhood was far from perfect. What I had to endure as a child would have put anyone in therapy – LOL! But through it all, God has been good to me. He was the One after all, who saved me, healed me and delivered me. And God is the One who will turn your tears which you have sown into joy and singing.
My life is not perfect by any means, but let us not confuse happiness which is earthly and temporal, with joy that is eternal. The truth is that I still remember the pain of my past and I will never forget the abuse and agony I had to endure as a teenager, but just like Jesus whose hands still display the scar from the nails that pierced His hands on the cross, the memories from my past are also a reminder of God’s resurrection power in my own life.
No matter what you have or are currently going through, hold on because Jesus will do the same for you as He has done for me. He will take your tears and turn them into joy. I will never forget the time when I was sitting on the lawn of Asbury University, soaking in God’s Word…and then it happened, I heard a still small voice speak to me, “Tracy you have been through much pain and sown many tears, but your future is filled with great joy.” I held onto that promise and it would be years later that I would find these words written in Psalm 126:5. The Holy Spirit spoke this to me and He is speaking this into your life today – the question is – will you listen to what He has to say to you and will you believe Him? Friends, Psalm 126:5 is true for me and it is also true for you. Every tear that you have sown will reap a harvest of joy and singing in your life – I declare it for the glory of God.
“Lord, I give you my life and I choose to believe Psalm 126:5. All the tears of pain that I have sown will reap abundant joy and singing in my future. I will not let my past hold me down any longer but I will press on and expect Your goodness and mercy to follow me all the days of my life. Please line up my thoughts and my words with this truth today. I give you my pain and ask that it be sown into a bountiful harvest of joy unspeakable and full of glory. Amen.”