Tears With Happy Endings
“The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears.”
~ Isaiah 25:8
According to Webster's Dictionary a tear is: “a drop of salty, watery fluid lubricating the surface of the eye and flowing from it, as when crying”. A person's tears can express positive or negative emotions such as: elation, joy, laughter or sorrow. There are some societies that consider the shedding of tears or weeping in public inappropriate, except due to a death of a relative or close friend.
Is it appropriate for a Christian to cry? Are tears ever a precursor to a happy ending? Let's observe a few examples in the Bible regarding weeping.
In the Old Testament, there was a man named Jacob. He is one of the significant people in Genesis. He was a shepherd and a livestock owner; the father of the 12 tribes of Israel; and the third in the Abrahamic line of God's plan. One of his sons was named Joseph. When Joseph's brothers deceived their father by telling him that Joseph was dead, Jacob mourned deeply and wept. He refused to be comforted by his family. Check out the Bible to discover the happy ending.
In the Book of John in the New Testament, there is an important example for God's people to think about, and that is when Jesus wept.
A man named Lazarus lived in Bethany and was the brother of Mary and Martha. He became ill and died. When Jesus saw Martha weeping and the other people wailing with her, He too wept openly in front of the people. Perhaps He wept tears of sympathy for Mary and Martha; or perhaps He had tears of sorrow for Lazarus because he had to leave heaven and return; or perhaps His tears were because of the unbelief of the people. The fact is: Jesus wept tears. The happy ending is that it indicates to us that Jesus “showed that He cares enough for us to weep with us in our sorrow” (NLT).
Another example in the New Testament is in the Books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke when Peter denied Jesus. Jesus had warned him that he would deny Him three times by the time the rooster crowed twice. Peter vehemently said he would not do so. Later when Peter heard the rooster crow for the second time; he had denied Jesus three times. Peter immediately broke down and cried as he recalled the words of Jesus.
The happy ending is that after Jesus arose from the tomb He appeared to Peter when he was alone. Peter felt unworthy after his denial, but he repented, and Jesus approached him and forgave him (NLT).
So, is it appropriate for a Christian to cry? Consider the following: Jacob wept; Mary and Martha wept; Jesus wept; and Peter wept.
For a Christian, God's promise in Revelation 21:4a states that in heaven “God will wipe every tear from your eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (NLT). This promise is the happy ending for us.
Lord God thank You for Your promises in Your Word. Help us to keep them tucked in our heart. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington