I’ve been ‘pondering’ about tears for quite a while. Why do we shed tears? What purpose do they serve? I’m quite sure there are scientific reasons; but, I’m speaking more about what is in our heart when we shed tears? Obviously, I can only speak for myself and I can tell you there are many reasons that I shed tears.
I am a frequent tear shedder. It doesn’t take much to get them started in me. I shed tears when I’m happy, excited, upset, angry, overwhelmed, hurt or sad for myself or for someone else. I can even shed tears and not even know why! As I was thinking about trying to post something about this, a song kept coming to my mind – it’s an oldie, so I don’t know how many of you reading this may have heard it. If you have never heard Tears Are A Language God Understands click on the song title and it will take you to the lyrics. Tears are definitely a language and not just one that God understands but one that I’m sure all of us in this “group” can understand. Whether you are one that sheds a lot of tears outwardly or whether you shed your tears inwardly, you still understand and know what they speak for you and I’m sure you have a pretty good idea what they speak for others that are drawn here.
I believe tears are a way of cleansing your soul.While texting with a friend today, I mentioned I was wanting to do a study of Tears. Before I could tell her the direction I was thinking in (cleansing), this is what she wrote back: tears are beautifu l– cleansing to the soul — funny how Mary’s tears cleansed her own soul more than Jesus’ feet. (Luke 7:38) Coincidence? No – I don’t believe in that. I do believe in GODincidences though. I told her that I took her word as confirmation that I was to write this.
I believe that our tears cleanse our very soul and allow God to pour more love straight into our heart. That is why the picture I used for this post just jumped out at me when I saw it. Did you notice that the pupil of the eye is in the shape of a heart? That was the first thing I saw. As we are pouring our tears out to Him, He bottles them up and records every one and pours more of His love straight into our heart. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book. ~Psalm 56:8 (NLT) And I also love how it is written in The Message~”You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in Your ledger, each ache written in Your book.”
So, the next time you find yourself shedding tears – whether on the outside or the inside – just remember that they are never wasted. Your Father knows of and saves every one and He knows every situation that caused each individual, single tear. He loves you with an everlasting love and will never leave you or forsake you.
Do you agree? Do you feel your tears serve a different purpose than what I mentioned here? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject in a comment here.