Friday, April 20, 2007
"After the Tears"
*Inspire Me Thursday*
I thought about tears for this creative challenge, and it occurred to me that I don't cry nearly as much as I used to. I spent a hefty portion of my first 30 years crying, due to depression, bitterness, and loneliness. This led to me being quite a dysfunctional adult, and it took a long time to come out of that and experience joy. As I thought about tears, I kept going over and over a verse in my mind that I couldn't quite remember, so I looked it up. 'Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalm 126:5,6
So as I thought about all I have been blessed with, and how my life is SO different now, this picture came into my mind. I've planted seeds of sorrow, and I have reaped in joy. It's like suffering is painful, but it builds our character, and it is not in vain.
After the uphill battle, my life now is high on the hill, with green grass and flowers growing (my teeny tiny buttons), and I choose to revel in my blessings rather than wallow in past pain. I didn't get a great picture of this, but the dress is made from this gauzy fabric.