“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalms 126:5 ERV
One thing I love about God is that, though at times, He makes us wait, that is not always the case. He is a right now God! Your cheeks may have trails eroded into them by unending tears, but know you can truly have joy right now, even in the midst of your trial.
Walking in the favor of God doesn’t mean you have to hide your sorrows, pretending they’re not there, faking a strength that you honestly don’t have on your own. It means getting up and taking steps in the grace and power He’s kindly extended to you that fills in your areas of vulnerabilities, as He stated in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that “… ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ …” It’s those vulnerable parts you’re afraid to expose because they’ll reveal the pain and shame of your struggles. It’s the heaviness that’s comprised into a vast mass of feelings of loneliness, inadequacies, disgrace, failures, and burdens that sinks deep into the well of your spirit, to only push the bitter water up and out of the windows of your soul. It is these kinds of things that must be given up and surrendered to our compassionate Father.
So, it’s not the tears that should be feared and hidden, for they cannot do anything for or to you, but those things that cause them could keep you confined and tethered to experiences, and people who are in your past or are just not moving forward. Consider this… Psalms 56:8 says of God, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” If God’s collecting your tears, they are not something you need to hide. I believe He may collect them because, as you hand the heavy burdens into His hands, He exchanges those things for joy. It is the truth that will set you free; God’s truth that the weary and burdened can rest in Him; that there’s no shame or condemnation in Christ. The truth is that when you take every detail of every burden to God in prayer, He listens and is ready to help.
Though all who believe in Him are His children, He has this uncanny ability to make each one of us feel like His only child as He attentively gives us whatever it is we need that would bring a smile to our faces and a boost in our steps. Deliverance of joy may come in one to many different ways, of which all cannot be accounted for in a lifetime. But it may come to you as a noticeable inner peace. Maybe as you quiet your spirit and seek to listen to Him, He may reveal some needed guidance on what to do next. Alternatively, it might be a word, spoken or read in Scripture, that provides reassurance of His love understanding and provision. Hebrews 4:12 states, “God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.” God knows exactly what you need, even if you have no idea what to say, and as you take everything to Him in prayer, soon you’ll find you won’t have to work in your own strength to hide your tears. They’ll automatically become less and less as He faithfully provides you with freedom in His joy in exchange for your tears.