You are blessed when the tears flow freely…
Luke 6:21 The Message
My tears flow freely these days. Ugly. Cry.
Luke 6:21 says we will be “blessed when the tears flow freely”. Really? Blessed?
Happy tears aside, I’m not feeling the blessings when my eyes are blurring and my nose is running. But mostly because tears are evidence of pre-tears pain. The once-again reminder that life downright stinks sometimes.
Yet, in spite of this, these drops are a God-given gift, a sweet release. A blessing.
We often feel ashamed of our waterworks. Our society heralds the strong ones (what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger!). We discount our pain. I’m not saying we should stay, dwell and live here forever. But we must learn to tend to our pain biblically. Healthily.
I ran into a friend the other day and quickly fought back tears as we chatted, wiping my eyes so he would see no evidence, thinking to myself how silly I was, crying in the middle of the day at a coffee bar.
You see I’m often held hostage by the “should’s”or “shouldn’ts”. I suspect you may experience this too. Instead of tending to the hurt behind the tears, I put on my big girl pants and press on.
There are sooo many others with bigger problems; I shouldn’t be so upset about this!
I shouldn’t need this much time to heal. I should be over this already.
I shouldn’t let the house get so messy! What if someone stops by.
My kids are bored; I should spend more time entertaining them. Continue Reading