You number my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle;
Are they not in your book? Ps. 56:8

This is one of those verses that show us how intensely God cares about us. He knows about every wandering and every tear. If God had a bottle with our tears in it, what would we see in that bottle?

Would we see the tears shed over sin and failure? How many tears would there be for the lost? How many of those tears were shed during prayer? During praise? During testimony?

We would see tears shed during great struggles and afflictions, and we would remember that God poured His strength into us and brought us through that time. There would be tears marking the times when we grew in grace and knowledge. There would be only a few tears when we felt the peace that is beyond understanding. Would we see where the tears stopped when we realized that we should count it all joy?

There would be silly tears when we cried over a movie or a book. There would also be the tears shed during the times of great grief and sorrow. We would remember how God comforted us during those times, and He carried us through them.

There would be tears of loneliness and rejection, but we would never find the tears shed when God abandoned us, because He never did. He has never left us nor forsaken us. We would never find tears due to a need, because God has always supplied all our needs. We would see tears followed by joy when we came through storms, and we looked back to see the grace that was sufficient.

As we look back on our tears, we have seen that they have served a purpose. Tears may be good for the eyes, but they are good for the soul also.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.