Devotions By Jan

The Sea Turtle

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Scripture for Today: Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”

My grandson was entranced with this sea turtle off the coast of Hawaii!  His family had specifically risen early and gone to where they were known to congregate.  But rather than going out to them, this gentle reptile came up close and personal!  If it had been on land it probably would have been a female nesting.  When laying her eggs, the sea turtle will shed large sticky tears that wash off excess salt from their bodies and prevent sand in the eyes.

Today’s verse mentions tears that can be a prelude to songs of joy.  Being filled with joy can follow a time of long arduous preparation and waiting.  The Lord fulfilled His promise to the Israelites to bring them back from captivity and restore their health.  Other nations took note and God was glorified!  After many tears, their mouths were even filled with laughter! (verse 2)  Despite the weeping and waiting they could say, “The Lord has done great things for us!” (verse 3)

The Lord has given me a similar promise.  In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) and one day that joy will be overflowing!  All tears will be wiped away from my eyes (Rev. 21:4).  All the waiting and longing and disappointment will come to an end.  The new song He has put in my mouth (Psalm 40:3) will continue on into Heaven.  It is my firm hope and conviction that I will be trading in my tears for astonished and eternal joy!  I look forward to the time when the sowing will be over.  But even here and now in the midst of tears I can say, “The Lord has done great things” for me!

Lord, I praise You for a future without tears.

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