One glance. He knows. We retreat to private quarters, dimming the lights without a sound. He takes me into his arms. I collapse into his firm body. Then, I bawl my eyes out.
This isn’t a romantic interlude. I’m actually talking about crying. Crying’s no fun, but it’s necessary. I believe I can reap blessings from it.
Crying may not change my circumstances; it’s an avenue to changing my heart.
I know, it’s awkward when people cry; I hate it.
I feel silly; I feel weak. My head throbs. My eyes puff up. My nose turns red. If it’s an ugly cry, that opens up a whole new set of problems.
Tears are a gift. God gave us the ability to cry with tears. Tears aren’t only a sign of misery. They’re cleansing. They’re purging. They’re therapeutic. Like a massage or chocolate silk pie or ice cream. They relieve stress and even have health benefits.
God only granted tears to humans, made in His image. Jesus cried. Why should I resist?
I’ve had some some circumstances that would make anyone cry the past few years: Three kids off to college in four years, another one graduates high school next year, recent move from Colorado to Minnesota, a rebellious child, aging parents, traveling husband, second floor apartment with a big dog . . .
I’m not miserable; I’m not depressed. I think I’m normal. Fact is, sometimes I just need to Let. It. Out. I think everyone does.
God doesn’t feel awkward when I cry. He wants me to bring my frustrations, fears, and pain to Him. He also wants my tears of joy and delight.
He tells us in Scripture to cry out to Him. Crying’s not for sissies. King David cried out to God. He was strong. He was courageous. He was a warrior. But when he was desperate, lonely, and afraid, he cried out to God.
Crying out to God indicates my deep need for Him. It opens up my heart and lets Him minister to me. And, He comforts me better than pie, ice cream, or my husband.
I don’t know what’s going on in your life right now. Maybe, you’re hurting in a marriage, maybe you have a rebellious child, financial trouble, toddlers at home or you’re just tired.
Maybe you just need to relieve emotional pressure.
Open up your heart to God, and let Him comfort you.
Trying to be real,