Friday, October 25, 2013

Let the Tears Come

You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book.
~ Psalm 56:8, TLB ~

I lost it yesterday.  After a week of trying to keep it together for my husband, for my kids, the dam broke.  For my family's sake, I have tried to offer the comfort and stability they all crave right now.  Welcoming them all into the warm, strong arms of a mother has been my gift to them at such a tumultuous time.  

Still, God tells me that there is a time to laugh and a time to cry. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)  If my family never sees me melting in tears, I appear cold.  I make it unsafe for them to express their emotions.  No, instead of trying to keep it together for my husband and my children, I need to obey the Lord's command to grieve right along with them.  (Romans 12:15)  We need to hold one another close, let the tears come, and have a good cleansing cry.  Sometimes life is just that hard.

Jesus is my Rock and my Salvation.  Rather than trying to be emotionally stalwart, I need to cling to the Rock that is higher than I.  (Psalm 61:2)  My responsibility as a wife and mother is not to be the solid ground on which my family stands, but to point them to the One who is.  

Have you tried to be stoic through a child's mental illness, through frightening surgeries, through job instabilities, or through major strife at school?  Jesus told us we would face trouble and hatred in this fallen world.  (John 16:33)  But He pointed us to HIS saving, overcoming power, not our own.  Let the tears come, and stop trying to be strong for everyone else.  Allow others to see that, despite your tears, you keep pressing on in the strength of the Lord.

Here are some verses to PRAY when you are fearful or heartbroken.  Get the tissues and let it flow:
  • My friends scorn me, but I pour out my tears to God. ~ Job 16:20, NLT
  • Lord, I am so weak.  I cried to you all night.  My pillow is soaked; my bed is dripping wet from my tears. ~ Psalm 6:6, ERV
  • Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. ~ Psalm 126:5, NIV
  • He will swallow up death forever.  Adonay Yahweh will wipe away tears from every face, and he will remove the disgrace of his people from the whole earth.  Yahweh has spoken. ~ Isaiah 25:8, NOG
  • I weep because of these things; my eyes flow with tears.  For there is no one in sight who can comfort me or encourage me.  My children are desolated because an enemy has prevailed. ~ Lamentations 1:16, NET
  • While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him. ~ Hebrews 5:7-10, MSG

1 comment:

  1. Boy do I relate to this. I have a lot of trouble letting go of my emotions during all the tough times of my husband and adult daughters' multiple physical and mental challenges. It feels like there needs to be SOMEONE stable all the time. But I get so tired too. And I know sometimes they think I'm being cold. Thank you for this, and for those verses at the end. Just what God wanted me to read this morning!

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