On a recent rainy day, I noticed one of my INDOOR plants had water droplets hanging from the tips of several leaves.
What was going on?!?
I had recently repotted the poor pothos that had gotten rootbound. The new pot was twice the size of the old one, so I’d been giving it twice as much water every week. Made sense to me!!
Well, it’s been growing like crazy, but the roots still aren’t twice the size to be drinking twice the amount of water. But never fear!
First of all, I had repotted using special soil to protect the plant from over- or under-watering. Even so, I’ll cut back on how much water it gets for a while yet.
Secondly, the plant possesses natural mechanisms for balancing out water levels and nutrients within itself. One of these nifty tricks is transpiration, through which the plant releases excess water through leaf surfaces.
Huh. God knew what he was doing when he created plants.
Here’s another big surprise: He knew what he was doing when he created YOU!
Babies and toddlers shed tears easily.
At some point between preschool and elementary school, we learn that tears are shameful. We’re told to grow up and be big kids that don’t cry! Unless, of course, we break a bone or something serious.
Tears in the teen years are mortifying.
This message becomes so engrained in us by our peers (and perhaps our family) that by the time we reach adulthood, tears may only flow when we’re alone.
And then we reach the other side of adulthood, and suddenly we don’t care so much anymore what others think of us. We’re going to have a good cry if we must!
Our Creator gifted us with tears. Tears help balance what we’re feeling on the inside. Grief, elation, overwhelming pride in an achievement, compassion, physical or emotional pain, feeling sentimental; all can bring on a tear or two (or many).
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven . . . A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4).
Tears are not bad. Tears should not bring shame. Tears come when our heart can’t hold everything inside, and some of it leaks out our eyes.
If you’re ever feeling alone with your tears and like no one understands, check out these verses from the Bible:
“I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies” (David, in Psalm 6:6-7 NLT).
“I eat ashes for food. My tears run down into my drink” (Psalm 102:9).
“Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress. Tears blur my eyes. My body and soul are withering away” (Psalm 31:9).
No More Tears
This life brings tears, and that’s okay. We should allow ourselves to cry.
One day, though, there will be no need for tears. Our spirits will be able to hold all of the joy and wonder we feel, and there will be no balancing required!
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever‘” (Revelation 21:1-4).
“For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17).
If you are holding back a river of tears, I give you permission to let the dam break. God is with you there in the pain. Rest in his presence, and allow his love to comfort your heart and reignite your hope.