“On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine — the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 25:6-8
“Tears are a language God understands.” This refrain from an old song I remember hearing someone sing when I was much younger keeps playing in my mind. It is encouraging to think that God might understand my tears because I’m at a loss to even grasp the volume of them. Less than a year ago I was one who rarely cried. I wasn’t exactly against crying, I just didn’t do it. Now it takes anything and nothing to bring me to tears. A couple of Saturdays past the ladies of our church enjoyed a small, intimate prayer time. As we began our facilitator instructed us to take a deep cleansing breath. I did, enjoying the relaxation of the deep breath, but as I released the breath – tears. When instructed to bring anything that I feared or that would be a distraction to hearing from and speaking to the Lord, I had to confess that I was afraid that I would spend the whole time that morning just drowning in my tears. As I gave that up to the Lord I felt encouraged to let it be, to cry if I needed to cry.
I am encouraged by people’s reaction to my tears. I am so tired of them that I fear that others will be tired too. Not so. All who love me seem to completely accept my tears and my right to cry them. How I appreciate the people with whom God has surrounded me. I couldn’t be more blessed in this sodden valley. I have so many people who lift me up in prayer as often as they think of me – another blessing in the valley.
What a peculiar place to be – swimming in tears and drowning in blessing. Thank you Lord!
“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.” Job 16:20-21