“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” – Psalm 126: 5-6
As the psalmist wraps up this chapter, he makes the point that while we are navigating seasons of hardship and waiting, it is okay to cry. He says, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy” (Psalm 126:5).
The Israelites experienced their own share of tear-filled days when they were enslaved in Babylon. But we can be encouraged by the fact that their faith in the Lord didn’t require them to mask the reality of what they were going through. They could cry shamelessly, because their tears were valid.
Sometimes we make people think that being a person of faith means you have to deny your stress, your struggles, your hurt, and your heartbreak. Maybe you’ve felt this pressure before, thinking you had to put on a brave face and appear to have it all together when in reality life felt like it was falling apart.
Thankfully, the psalmist reminds us that it’s okay to let the tears flow. So we have to give ourselves permission to feel anger, sadness and pain. When we weep while we’re waiting, we are releasing tension, stress, and pain that would otherwise build up on the inside. Too often we link crying with causing or worsening a depressive mood, when actually the opposite is true. Crying can actually elevate your mood, release toxins, resolve emotions, and give clarity.
So if you’re walking through a tough time right now, if you’ve been trying to hard to suppress your feelings, know that it’s okay to cry. The Lord sees your tears. He is there for you in the midst of your pain. And your faith is not less than because you choose to weep while you endure hardship.