Listen to this devotional:
I am sure you have heard the following phrases in one form or another:
- Big boys don't cry.
- Big girls don't cry.
- Oh, you're fine. Just dust yourself off and wipe away the tears.
Sadly, with such advice, we can grow up suppressing our emotions. We can be following the Lord and still not feeling the joy of the Lord. Our walk may seem to be lacking something that we may or may not be able to describe.
As I came to the Lord in my early forties, I did lack emotion, but on the night that I accepted the Lord into my life, things began to change and heal in my life. Slowly, as I released the past, I began to feel and show emotions. Some days, a single tear would fall from my face, and some days, I felt like the tears would never stop and would wash me away. As time went on, I understood that, yes, a single tear is okay, and the tears that felt like they would never stop were indeed washing away my past.
At such times, it is comforting to know that our Saviour sympathizes with our weaknesses, and our heavenly Father sees each tear that falls.
Psalm 56:8 – You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. (NLT)
There are times when we cannot explain the single tear, times when only tears can get us through, and times when we laugh so hard we end up crying. How reassuring it is to know that all our tears are seen and saved — truly a bond between us and a loving Father in heaven.
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for coming into our lives. Thank You for the single tear that falls from our eye in the places and times when we cannot or do not expect. Truly, You live in our hearts and spirits. Help us to come alongside people who need Your love in their lives. We truly want a relationship with You, and we want to share this with the world in which we live. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.