Collecting Tears: The Blessing of the Hard Times in Life

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It’s hard that life is hard.

Sometimes it means tears fill our eyes.

Burdens we carry.

 

Whether you are a called a coach, counselor, friend, spouse, employee, student, daughter, son, mom, or dad, you have faced hard times.

Maybe really hard times.  Perhaps you are facing them now.

You may be like Sarah, who I met the other day; Sarah just lost her mother.  Or you might be facing discouragement.  Maybe a treasured relationship ended, a job lost, or a fear about the future overwhelms you.  I’m here to encourage you – and hopefully you can encourage your clients too – that there are untold blessings through these hard times. We may not want to go through the valleys of life, but we may find ourselves richer in our relationship with Christ than when we began.  Take heart, dear friend.  It’s in the hard times you and I are invited to experience a tender intimacy with Christ.  We’ll see He collects our tears, heals us in our tears, and gives triumph.

 

An Intimacy with the God Who Sees Your Tears

 

Sometimes hard times whisper to us that God is far away, but really, He is as near as our breath.  Hard times, we learn to see, usher us into His presence.  Since Jesus is acutely familiar with our suffering, He extends invitations for us to come to Him and let Him hold us close when there’s suffering (i.e. Psalm 27:10, Matthew 11:28-30, etc.).  What strikes me about experiencing Jesus’ presence in my hard times is that it’s intimate. It’s tender. He knows down to the detail of what I’m going – of what you’re going through.  Sarah, the woman who lost her mother, and I were talking the other day about the sweetness of Psalm 56:8, because it says, “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).  He takes notice of our tears, the times when our inner sorrows display themselves on our faces.  He remembers those tears.  In the song, He Knows My Name, Paul Baloche (n.d.) sings,

I have a Maker

He formed my heart

Before even time began

My life was in His hands

 

He knows my name

He knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls

And hears me when I call

 

It’s greatly comforting to know that He knows.  And as my mom shared once with me, it’s in the hardest times of life that we may just find ourselves experiencing the sweetest intimacy with Jesus.

 

He Brings Healing from the Tears

 

You’ve likely heard the song, Blessings, by Laura Story.  She wrote it out of the wake of her young husband’s battle with a brain tumor. Click to listen to the song while you read the rest of the devotion 

One of the lines of the song cuts to heart of what can happen in a trial.  Healing through tears.  Could it be that Jesus brings us healing through the tears?  Story (2011) sings, “Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops, What if your healing comes through tears?”

I think tears are a gift.  Tears can often release emotions, convey honesty, and foster breakthrough. They’re part of being human. Our Savior must have thought so too.  For not only did He shed his own tears (John 11:35), he comforted others who wept, like the broken-hearted Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-16).  What healing has God brought you through as a result of crying – and crying out to Him?  How have you seen tears foster healing for your clients?

 

From Tears to Triumph

Do you remember, Psalm 56:8 above, where King David declares that the God cares about our tears?  Well, see now the powerful burst of hope that comes from the next verse, “My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side!” (Psalm 56:9, NLT).  David goes from tears to triumph.  And you know what? As God’s children, you and I, and the clients that come through your doors, we can too.

 

Take a few minutes to finish listening to the song Blessings.

 

It’s hard that life is hard.

Sometimes it means tears fill our eyes.  But the Savior sees.

He collects tears.

Burdens we carry.  Then healed – in His presence.

 

Hard times don’t last forever.  But the untold blessings of walking with Jesus through those times do.  And we will never be the same.

 

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