“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).
For over 10 years, I’ve struggled with dry eyes. The irony of this condition is that tears often run down my cheeks, making others think I’m upset. It can be embarrassing.
My optometrist has recommended several different lubricating eye drops—some of which have helped. During allergy season, the condition worsens, forcing me to use artificial tears from a bottle more often.
While reading Psalm 56:8 recently, I was reminded our tears are recorded in God’s book. When King David penned this Psalm, he was facing a dark time. The Philistines had captured him in Gath. But if God really collects our tears in a literal bottle, mine would be overflowing, and not just from my dry eye condition.
Remembering Our Tears
Whether or not we believe God literally saves our tears in a bottle, I believe He remembers every tear we’ve shed. Whether we cry when we’ve lost a loved one or we’re overcome with life’s stressors, God remembers them all.
Can you recall the times you’ve cried through pain, sadness, or grief? David reminds us that God is with us through each painful situation. And during these times, we need to reflect on God’s promises and His faithfulness to us in the past.
Remember Matthew 10:29? Not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from God’s notice, and neither does one of your tears. David’s tears, however, aren’t the only ones recorded in Scripture.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Carol Round