WEEK 9: God Collects Our Tears
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle, You have recorded each one in Your book.” (Psalm 56:8, NLT)
Just after my engagement to Damon, my beloved grandmother Judy passed away. I was her favourite of six grandchildren and we really had a close relationship. She would spoil me with her love and full attention. I remember giving her my hand-made Mother’s Day card instead of giving it to my mother. When she came to visit, she would talk to me about the Bible and prayer. These were precious moments, but looking back now, I can see that I did not fully understand what she was talking about back then.
I believe she played a major role in planting the seeds in my heart that have blossomed into a relationship with the Lord today. She supported me with acceptance as well as finances: for the mission trip I went on to China, as well as to Egypt. She passed away a week before I went to Egypt and the funeral was on the day we departed. My heart longed to be at her funeral, but I knew where she really wanted me.
So as I departed for Egypt, I knew I was doing what would make her happy. But my heart could not bear the pain. I know the Lord caught each tear as it fell and that He cared about my heartache and comforted me. In the middle of your sorrows, may you know that God cares about each tear drop you shed to the point that He collects them in a bottle and keeps count of each one.
May this Scripture be your comfort: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4, NLT)