I listened to Smoke Gets in Your Eyes last night and have had an earworm all day,
“They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
I of course replied
Something here inside cannot be denied
They said, “Someday you’ll find all who love are blind”
When your heart’s on fire,
You must realize, smoke gets in your eyes”
I kept trying to think what I needed to say about “smoke gets in your eyes” and of course a lot of things came to mind, lost love, unrequited love, even death, but since nothing really gelled in my mind I figured it must just be a personal thing for me alone and decided to listen to my collection of a little song named “Smile”.
I have three versions of it on my iPhone sung by Lyle Lovett another by Josh Groban, and last but certainly not least, Michael Bolton. Sometimes I just put the music on and let that song play three. I only just found out that the music was actually written by Charlie Chaplin! The first verse says Smile though your heart is aching, Smile even though it’s breaking, When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by, If you smile through your fear and sorrow, Smile and maybe tomorrow, You’ll see the sun come shining through for you, if you’ll just smile.
Then there is the old song from back in the day “The Tears of a Clown”, and I can hear old Smokey Robinson singing it as I write, ” Now there’s some sad things known to man But ain’t too much sadder than the tears of a clown When there’s no one around, oh yeah.”
But there is one song, not yet mentioned, that we could sing in a church service that would always touch everyone’s heart. It’s the kind of song that certain groups of religious people don’t like, they call songs like this “soulish”, but to me these songs serve as prayers or testimonies, and while they aren’t what you consider “praise and worship”, which are a very important part of a service either in church or your private time. To me the “soulish” songs have a special place for a person that couldn’t release their emotions any place else but sitting in a church pew or kneeling at the altar.
The first verse of this song starts, “Often you wonder why tears come into your eyes, and burdens seem to be much more than you can stand, But God is standing near, He sees your falling tears, Tears are a language that God understands.” When there are no words that can be verbalized you know that God sees your heart and knows exactly what is going on within you. Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, And give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; Psalm 126:5 They who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
If God sees every sparrow that falls to the ground, if He knows how many hairs are on your head then He certainly sees when you cry. We cry for various reasons, sometimes there are even tears of joy, but most times when you see a tear rolling down someone’s cheek you know there is sadness. Why try to hide your emotion from others? If you have the need to cleanse yourself with a few tears I say go for it. My “little Mama” had a saying when she saw one of the children crying, she would purse her lips and say we just had a little extra water that needed to be shed. She was raised in a time when neither men nor ladies were supposed to cry in public. I’m here to tell you that my dad, in his prime, was 6′ tall and weighed in at around 250 most of my young life, and when something touched him he was never ashamed to let the tears flow. He always felt that the tears of a human spoke to God, as the song said, Tears are a language that God understands.
King David spoke to the Lord in Psalm 116:8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. If you are sad there is a promise for you, Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.
You might be saying you don’t want to wait for “pie in the sky” or take flying lessons so you’ll be ready to go when Jesus comes back, but listen, “when we all get to heaven” we will be happy for eternity!
Let me end with this promise, Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!