Today for no reason I can explain I had a genuine melt down. Those melt downs don’t choose their times to surface very wisely, this time I was driving my van going to the bank. I had my music playing, maybe that was the reason music does that to me sometimes, but like the lightening from a summer storm suddenly comes out of the sky, seemingly from out of no where, a great sob rose up in my throat and the tears followed closely. As I pulled into the driveway of the bank I blindly felt in my purse for a tissue, left over from some other tears, and dabbed my cheeks so the cashier wouldn’t see me crying, but as soon as she spoke to me and I saw her kind face I dissolved into tears again, just waved a goodbye and left.
Funny thing is that I am very excited about taking a trip to Los Angeles this week to see cousins that I haven’t seen in so long! It is a trip I had thought I would not make again, maybe that was the thought in my mind as I was driving and looking in the rear view mirror where I used to be able to see my dad sitting behind me as we rode along. These cousins are the children of his brothers and I feel that I in making this trip it is a final goodbye, like having his funeral all over again, maybe that was the reason.
There are a lot of things I don’t know but one thing that I do know is that tears are a language that God understands.
Why do we shed these salty liquid drops from our eyes? Obviously there might be an irritant in your eye but more than likely we are talking about something emotional that brings them rushing to spill down your cheeks. There are songs that we sing in church that touch our heart and soul, there are some “religious” folk who don’t like these songs, they call them “soulish”, these are the songs that are either prayers or testimonies, and while not praise and worship, which are important, have a special place with a person that finds it hard to release their emotions any place else but sitting in a church pew or kneeling at the altar. One song I know kind of explains it this way, “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;
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 grandmother 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. When my dad, in his prime, was 6′ tall and weighed in at around 250 pounds, 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.” Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.”
I know 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 “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!