How many nights have you cried yourself to sleep?
How many of those tears were tears of joy?
I am guessing not many. Over the years of my own life I have found myself waking up with puffy eyes and a tear stained pillow, not knowing when I fell asleep or what I was crying about. But then suddenly, the reason for my tears would rush back and overwhelm me like a violent tidal wave.
Each and every one of us have our own set of “problems” that bring about tears. Perhaps your tears stem from relationships, finances, addiction, regrets etc. etc. etc. These tears are filled with pain, and on occasion you may be a part of a positive event that will bring about tears of joy.
God offers us amazing hope in the midst of painful tears. Read the verse below:
John 16:22 New International Version (NIV)
22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Let me tell you what I love about this verse, close your eyes and imagine that you are sitting down on the floor with your knees pulled up close, and you are crying. You are crying about a very painful situation. When suddenly through the tears you see a figure coming toward you with open arms. You catch your breath, the pain subsides, you instantly feel calm rising above the storm as you recognize the figure as your Savior. I love this verse because God recognizes our grief, but he also gives us the guarantee of joy–but this joy is provided in his presence. Regardless of your circumstances come into his presence and experience joy. He makes it abundantly clear that he is our source of joy.
I encourage you to wipe your tears of pain, allow your storm to end with the joy that is only found in his presence. Stand up, seek joy today.