Why God Bottles Our Tears



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At times I’ve wondered why the Psalmist wrote that Got puts all our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). I thought about it again recently, as a hidden heartache caused fresh tears to flow…. Is He really collecting these, one by one, and, for what?


Suddenly I saw in my mind’s eye Queen Lucy of Narnia and her cordial. I saw her bending lovingly to pour it on battle wounds.


“If …any of your friends are hurt, a few drops will restore them.” 


That’s when what I’ve already known came back in a new light: my tears are for healing others who shed tears. 


Can there be true ministry without pain? Can I “weep with those who weep” if I haven’t first wept alone? And how much healing can I offer anyone if I haven’t known hurt myself?


I don’t know, can’t know for sure, but I do wonder if this is why God is so fond of our tears. If this is why He saves every drop until such time for us to pour them out again.