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”, another verse ends with my favorite, which is, “When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes… I have found that to be true in my own life.
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 and maybe for you too, so I decided to listen to a little song named “Smile”, 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 we used to sing that makes me feel good, “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.”
Let me end with this promise, Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!