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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sowing in Tears


Psalm 126:5
"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."


We're approaching the end of our Freshman year in college. There have been many months of struggles, many months of piles and piles of paperwork. Many months of quizzes and exam. We even had to put together a class play. For our class, that was perhaps the hardest of all. But "they that sow in tears shall reap in joy." That was the message of our president during our last chapel hour.

We may not see the rewards or the results of our hard works now. In fact, some of us may think that everything we are doing is for nothing at all. We go through classes (totally new and different from homeschool!) and wonder why teachers have to give us homework at the end of the day (none of that in homeschool either!).

So where are the rewards? Where are the fruits of our hard labot?

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."
We saw the fruit when we performed our school play. It wasn't perfect, but it was worth all the hardships we went to.
We saw the fruit of writing journals for our LEAD 1 class - we learned to journey with out hearts.

Someone once said that "All the miles of a hard road are worth a moment of true happiness."
True happiness was what we experienced after the hours of practice for our play. True happiness was what we experienced after the months of looking within ourselves and resolving our heart issues.

We're not yet done with our first year (just a few more exams!), and we're certainly not yet done with college (three more years of staying in the "last-training-ground"), but we have begun to see the simple joys of each seed that we sow in tears. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it, and if we work really hard, we know that our harvest will truly be bountiful.

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