When we feel God present, often our first inclination is to cry. His presence melts that layer of toughness we all develop to help us survive in the world. When we come to a moment of truth, when it’s just God and us, the barriers come down, and tears flow.
Humans are the only creatures on earth that produce tears. We are hard-wired to cry. Before we looked at the faces of our parents, before we were snuggled in a warm blanket, we opened our mouths wide and wailed with gusto.
There’s something to be said for bawling like a baby. When stresses accumulate, often the best thing to do is to have a good cry.
We not only cry over our troubles, we also cry for joy – at weddings, births and graduations. Tears are often the only way to express how we feel.
Tears are a gift from God. Never be ashamed of them.
The best thing to do with troubled tears is to mix them with prayer. Many, many times as I’ve cried out my prayers to God, He has helped me see my troubles from His perspective. He’s lifted my burdens so that I no longer feel overwhelmed by them. He’s filled me with peace.
Keep this verse close to your heart –
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy. Psalm 126:5
If you are shedding troubled tears today, I pray you’ll sense the comfort of God in a special way and that when your time of crying is over, you’ll shed tears of joy because God has intervened in the events of your life.