Guest Post: The Word of A Nerd: Tears In A Bottle

I have had the joy of getting to know Charity through her blog, instagram, and our e-mail conversations. I’m always encouraged by her posts and her heart for the Lord is contagious. She is one of those blog friends who I hope to meet someday as I know we would have so much fun together! Be sure to check out her blog (which is so cute and fun). Thank you Charity for your beautiful post! And if you missed Mondays guest post, be sure to check it out!

Hello There. I’m Charity and I blog over at The Word of A Nerd. I am a professional photographer, but I take pride in being a Homemaker as well. On my blog I share about my life as I Eat, Pray, and Love. I enjoy writing about cooking and baking, my love for Christ, my life as a wife, and every now and again I like to share an awesome DIY project. I am thrilled to be posting here today and I hope to encourage some of you beautiful people in your walk with Christ. 
Tears In A Bottle
 
Problems. We all have them, and sometimes they can seem so big, so confusing, and so isolating. When we allow those problems to isolate us they can weaken our faith in God. Being isolated from God gives the enemy the chance to fill our head with lies. The enemy will tell us that God doesn’t care about our problems, he doesn’t care about our tears and grief, or that he doesn’t hear our prayers. All these lies make us feel far way from God – like we are cut off from him, but it’s not true.
 
My husband and I have dealt with infertility for 7 years. I allowed myself to be isolated from family, friends, and even God for many years because I wallowed in my sorrow. I allowed my pain and grief from infertility to make me feel doomed. You may not be dealing with infertility – maybe your sorrow comes from the loss of a loved one, a failed marriage, sickness, financial difficulties, family issues, or unfulfilled dreams. Even with an array of problems among His people God care’s deeply for us all. 
 
A few months ago I was in the pit of hopelessness and I felt a gentle tugging at my heart to pull out my bible. There are so many scriptures that talk about sorrow but the ones that I read brought me to tears of Joy. Many of us have read or heard the story of how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. As I reread the scripture the highlight of the story was no longer Lazarus being raised from the dead. Instead it was before Jesus raised Lazaraus from the dead. When Jesus arrived into the town where Lazarus lived He looked among the people namely Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus and he saw their grief. He was filled with emotion and Jesus wept for the people’s sorrow. Now it’s not clear if Jesus wept specifically because they were hurting so badly or because He felt sadness for their lack of faith. But the fact remains the same – Jesus wept, our Savior wept for us and that showed how much cares. It shows that in the midst of our sorrow He hears us and feels compassion for us – our tears touch the heart of God.
 
 
From the beginning of time to now – and even in the future God sees our sorrows. In Exodus when the people were suffering in Egypt, God heard them crying and was concerned about their suffering. In Samuel when Hannah was struggling to conceive she was in a hopeless pit but she cried out to God, and He answered. When King David lost his child in his pain he cried out to God. Even in suffering for the sins of the world Jesus cried out to God. Everyone of them felt sorrow for different reasons but their source of comfort was the same – they all looked to God.
 
Know that God is always so close to the brokenhearted and He alone can mend our hearts. During our times of sorrow He does not leave us in fact He is closer than ever if we would just turn towards him. 
 
Our tears speak much louder than words so I want to encourage you. It is okay to cry, and it is okay to feel the emotion of sorrow. What we do in that sorrow is what matters. Do not allow your sorrow to turn into bitterness, anger, jealousy, isolation or rage. Do not turn your back on God when you feel overwhelmed with grief. Do not look for things of this world to fill a God sized void because only God can do that.
 
Turn your face towards the Heavens and pour out your heart to Him. 
Trust in His ability to comfort you as He had done for all the people before you.
Believe that even in the midst of sorrow God has a plan for you and promises to wipe away your tears.
Know that he cares for you and has provided you with all the strength that you need to get through difficult times. 
 
God loves you and shares in your sorrow He keeps account of all your tears in a bottle.
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11 Comments
  • Finley
    Posted at 04:35h, 30 August Reply

    Just what I needed to hear – thank you! So fabulously written

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 07:04h, 30 August Reply

    Thank you for the reminder that “our tears touch the heart of God”. Thank you for this post 🙂

  • Emily (eatloveprocreate.blogspot.com)
    Posted at 08:18h, 30 August Reply

    Your faith and perspective are uber inspiring….especially considering the amount of time you’ve waited patiently. So many times I’ve wondered if He sees my tears and hears my cries. I mean, I know He does, but at times I just wonder how could He see me suffering and let in continue for what feels like an eternity. I know deep down that all of this is for a greater purpose that I can’t yet see, but reminding myself that He is not just ignoring our cries also helps…to imagine Him wiping away the tears. Love that image, and thank you for the reminder Charity. 🙂

  • Kasey
    Posted at 13:53h, 30 August Reply

    I have found in my own journey that I have been drawn closer to my faith. I love hearing that its okay to cry because so many see crying as failure and as weakness. I think that if I didn’t cry I would bottle up my sorrow and eventually burst at the seams. Its important to let it out when you need to and know that there is nothing weak or failing about letting some tears out- which hold especially true when you are a hopped up on hormones and your body is out of balance to begin with. Thank you for this post! Its a beautiful reminder to keep the faith.

  • Sara
    Posted at 13:28h, 31 August Reply

    Thank you so much for your post! It is an awesome reminder, just what I needed 🙂

  • Berthine
    Posted at 18:27h, 03 September Reply

    Beautifully written and exactly what I needed to read. It is so easy to become bitter and angry towards God in our battles with infertility and just life, but turning our gaze on him in those dark times is what brings us through, time and time again.

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