Tears In A Bottle

linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com
write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “collect”

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Collecting something places value on it.  Whether it’s childhood collections of cards or stickers, collections of photos and souvenirs to commemorate  a special trip or serious stamp collecting, when we collect something we say that it matters, that it is valuable.

God is also a collector, but his collection is maybe a little unexpected.  You might expect him to collect kind, loving deeds, or times when people have shown great faith and courage, or stories of his power transforming lives- and I’m sure he does remember all those things- but what the Bible tells us he actually collects is our tears.

“You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book.”  (Psalm 56:8)

Why does God collect our tears?

I’m not sure, but I do know it says they have value.

It says that they matter and that they are seen.  Whether anyone else sees or not, they are known to God and he cares.

He also understands.  Jesus drew close to people in their suffering.  He wept at Lazarus’ grave when he witnessed the grief and pain death had caused.  God shares our sorrow at the pain and injustice and brokenness of the world.  Our tears reflect his heart and his compassion.

And one day, the bottle will be closed and the collection will be complete.

“He will swallow up death forever!  The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.”  (Isaiah 25:8)

“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)


Just in case you missed the news earlier this week, the Five Minute Friday book is out!  Read more in a post here.

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Tomorrow is the start of Write 31 Days and my series “31 Days of Songs and Stories”.  I’d love you to join me throughout the month of October as we share stories of how God has used songs to speak, comfort and encourage.

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Crystal Twaddell  Word-of-God-Speak

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17 thoughts on “Tears In A Bottle

  1. That is one of my favorite verses. It reminds me of how much he sees it all. Even in times when it feels like nobody cares, he cares enough that he would count the hairs on my head and collect my tears. Thank you for reminding me of that today!

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