Friday, January 19, 2007

Tears in a Bottle

"You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle..." Psalm 57:8

Its been a long time since I've had a good cry! There has been an overwhelming amount of joy in my life in recent months & it seems I havent had a reason to shed tears. I know there are many who shed tears out of joy and I suppose I've experienced that before too. But bone-wracking tears of sadness, hurt or pain are the kind I'm thinking of at the moment. Tears of despair, loss or fear. The kind that come from deep within. I haven't had that kind in a while, for which I'm thankful.

I think we all go through these times of sorrow & loss. And sometimes its easy to feel very very alone during this. In fact, sometimes it feels BETTER to feel very very alone as it just fuels the sorrow even deeper. Often though, we can be the one on the outside, looking in or trying to console the one with tears.

You parents out there can relate to the feeling of seeing your child hurt, sad or sorrowful. You want to take away their pain. Your heart hurts for them. Spouses, family members and close friends can also relate, when you see someone you love suffering. How much you want to be there for them, dry their tears, hold them & tell them everything will be all right. Sometimes it can be just what that person needs. Sometimes its not enough.

If there is so much love in your hearts for these people you love, imagine the love God feels when He sees our tears. He wants to remind of us his overwhelming & perfect love, even in our sorrow!

For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. Psalm 116:8

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping... shall doubtless come again with rejoicing. Psalm 126:4-5

He does not forget the cry of the humble. Psalm 91:12

In my distress I called upon the LORD,And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Psalm 18:6


  1. Your blog reminds me of some parts of the book of Job.

    Whatever your crisis and sadness, I know that the Lord has his hands on your life.

  2. Did you cry, my Beck, or are you saying you are due for one? A good cry is the most cleansing thing I know... because it comes from a deeply humbled sould. One cannot cry deeply and be filled with self - it comes from a place where God meets you most intimately - nothing else in the way. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anonymous11:53 PM

    when I have had no reason to cry but find myself in need of its cleansing, I watch a sappy movie, but that deep cry that comes from such sorrow is a cry I wish for no one, to see someone in that state makes my heart hurt, but God and time heal even those wounds, I think we go through those times so God can use us to comfort others that go through them too. Praise God for every day without tears.

  4. Dave, praise God I'm not Job but I'm thankful for his book so that we can find small ways to relate to sorrow & suffering.

    No I didn't have that sort of cry Barb, I just saw that verse in the morning & realized it had been a long time.

    I agree it feels good to cry sometimes just as a release and a sappy movie could do it for me too. Tears are cleansing but those sorrowful tears that come from deep within, I don't wish for anyone either.

  5. We cannot love if we will not risk crying.
    We cannot care if we risk no pain.
    We, like boats are meant to brave the storms, sailing.
    Not anchored in harbor, hiding from rain.

  6. So touching - thank you for including us in your day!

  7. LGS - love the poem. How true it is!

    Thanks Gail for stopping by!