If you and Indiana Jones were to go on an archeological grave digging adventure in ancient Rome you would probably come across a lachrymatory. A lachrymatory is a small vessel found in ancient tombs, it was used to catch the tears of bereaved family and friends while they mourned and then it was buried with the deceased’s ashes.
It’s hard enough to lose a family member or close friend, but can you imagine having to catch the tears shed over them into a bottle? It seems like such an inconvenient ritual. Last July when we delivered our precious son Felix still born there were a lot of tears shed and there’s been many tears shed since then, but I haven’t cried any of them into a bottle, they just fall to the ground or get wiped away by my hand or a kleenex… or so I thought.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT) You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
Every tear I’ve cried over Felix God has seen, as if He were there, right in front of me, catching each one in a bottle. He’s written them all down in his book. He knows each thought that triggered them and He knows the exact number of tears that have fallen from my eyes. Why would God bottle up our tears? Why are they so important to Him? I asked Him those questions this morning and He reminded me of Isaiah 61, the chapter that helped get us through Felix’s delivery, so much so that we chose Isaiah for his middle name.
Verse 7 says, Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever.
God collects your tears because He wants to make sure you receive a double portion of joy for all of the contempt you went through, whatever it was that made you cry the tears in the first place. He takes every tear that the devil meant for bad and uses it for good. If I cry 10,000 tears of sadness over Felix, He will make sure I cry 20,000 tears of joy over the way He turned a tragedy around for my good.
We serve a God who cares. He doesn’t keep track of the times that we have hurt Him, instead He keeps track of the times that we have been hurt. He keeps track because He wants to make things right for us. He wants to put an end to our tears of sadness.
Take heart knowing that someday Jesus will wipe away every tear from every eye. Revelation 21:4 says a time is coming when there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain, but until then, the tears that we cry don’t go unnoticed. God catches everyone and has promised to make all things work together for the good of those who love Him.
- Jesus has a lachrymatory with my name on it.
- He turns my tears of sadness into tears of gladness.
- A time is coming when Jesus will wipe away every tear.
- God makes all things work together for my good.
- My inheritance in the land will be doubled and my joy will go on forever!
- Indiana Jones ride at Disney Land. One of my favorite rides of all time.
- 12 week check up went great this morning! Got to see our little baby and his or her little heart beating away!
- My doctor does ultrasounds every visit.
- My doctor is not charging us any fees outside of what our insurance will cover. Such a huge blessing!
- New cute picture of baby to keep in my notebook.
- My friend Sayra watched Gus & Beau this morning so they didn’t have to tag along to the doctor’s office.
- The kids had so much fun playing with Sayra and Alex.
- Josh let me sleep in this morning.
- Josh cut up all the strawberries and cantaloup for me.
- Fun lunch date with my sweet little family.
- Found some cute sandals at Old Navy.
- Relaxing afternoon napping, Ducky Dynasty, napping, and napping.
- Gus was so pumped about the Lego Batman movie Josh found for him to watch this afternoon.
- Josh got Gus’ bike all fixed up for him. He’s been trying to ride with a flat tire that I didn’t know was flat.
- My Snoogle body pillow.
- Yummy brocoli and chicken for dinner… and egg rolls too!
- I was out of sweet and sour sauce so I had to use another kind of sauce I had handy and it we all liked the dish more than we usually do.
- Stayed at the table for along time after dinner playing name that song with the kids. They are good at that game and had me smiling the whole time we were playing.
- I still can’t get over how great of buddies Gus & Beau have become over the last few months. They played upstairs all evening just the two of them.
- Date night at home with my favorite.
- My cousin had a successful heart surgery today.
- Enjoyed my Sabbath Friday. No e-mails, no work stuff, just having fun with my family.