Women—we are such sappy creatures! We cry when we are happy and even harder when we are sad. We cry when good things happen to us and we wail when the bad slaps us unexpectedly. Are you with me?
Why, only this morning I am driving through the country on my way to work. One moment, I am thinking about all the good things going on in my own little world—happiness flows because God chose to transform my life through His goodness and grace. It was certainly nothing I had done to deserve this incredible act. Yet, I was captivated and momentarily overwhelmed by His love. I have to tell you that I was thrilled to the point of happy tears. Can you relate?
Then, just as quickly, my thoughts shifted to someone else. I recalled a friend who recently suffered the tragic loss of a child. Again, as I mulled over this fact, tears were streaming once again. These tears on the other hand, were not happy ones but tears of grief and pain. Can you relate?
Now, I am sure you are wondering just where I am going with this well of tears morsel, right? The answer is simple—to the well of Jesus, of course.
Next, I am reminded about the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well. What was that he said to her about being filled with living water? Maybe that’s the answer! Perhaps, that is why we leak often. We too, are filled with this living water that Jesus had to offer that day.
Let’s take a closer look at the conversation between these two from the book of John, chapter 4:10-15.
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
From this almost confrontational conversation, we discover through verse thirteen that this water becomes a fresh, bubbling spring from within—from deep within our souls, no doubt. Believe me, if you have accepted this living water into your life—this water known as Jesus Christ, then a portion of that well belongs to you.
If the water from within your soul is spilling over in abundance these days, regardless of whether it is a result of sorrow or of joy, know that God is keeping count of each tear and that He will turn your tears of sorrow into tears of joy. The tears you shed today will be used again one day for His greater glory. That, my friend is a promise you can count on.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalms 58:6
So, why would Jesus record our tears if He did not care about how or why we shed them?
I honestly don’t know the answer unless perhaps, it is His way of showing us that He cares deeply—even more than we can imagine.
Now, let’s take one last look at one of God’s greatest promises. You will have to agree that it simply does not get much better than this!
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 21:4