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 NLT)
You are the Sovereign God with plans of lovingkindness toward your people. You are holy and good. You are the God of infinite grace—merciful and with unlimited power. Your wisdom is unmatched. As I remember Your faithfulness, I feel relief when I lay my burdens before You.
This day, I am concerned for my sister, who I fear is hiding her tears. Her heart’s inner sorrow is real, constant, and turbulent. Tears of unbelief, disappointment, and fear have stung her face and pierced her heart for so long that she refuses to allow another teardrop to fall. Though one just escaped—from the sheer exhaustion of holding the pain inside—she remains adamant in hiding the rest. Though, Father God, I know You see them all. Every tear, fallen or hidden.
There was a day when she would boldly approach Your throne. Now, I am concerned for my friend who is numb and unexpecting of Your goodness. I am sad that her tears and pleas have been cried out, and she feels no strength to keep asking. Her heart feels frustrated, tainted, and torn. I sense Satan has sneakily used her emotions to trick her into believing the lie that barely living in this sin-stained world is her lot in life.
Unholy and doubt-filled words and thoughts, born from her frustration, are popping out of her mouth, so I know they have been crowding her heart. Overwhelmed and burnt-out from the anxiety, my sister feels powerless. She believes her struggles are too complicated, have been rendered unimportant, and are too long-suffering to now be attended to. She feels cheated, sin-stained, and weary from the fight.
The truth is that You have seen, wiped, collected, and remember every tear to be redeemed. Not one will go unaccounted for. Your arms are there to love and protect her. You are holy and patient—her trustworthy avenger. She longs to know her prayers are not muffled or muted, especially when the opposite is true: her burdens, her lack, and the injustice are ever before You.
I pray Your good plans for her will be made known. When an abundance of tears are sown, as the “Tear Collector,” You reap them with purpose. You are the One who purifies every heart from all iniquities and casts them into the sea of forgetfulness. Your love is incomparable and will heal her heart’s stains and the pains deep within. As a Good Father, You will defend her and deliver her from her foes. Others might break their promises, but You keep Your Word. She can trust You even when she feels stuck and forgotten.
Your goodness has no match. Your mercies have no end. Your love for your daughter is set and sealed, and nothing can separate her from it.
My prayer this day is You allow her to know her hidden tears will flow onto Your Mighty shoulders as she pours out her heart to You. I pray this moment together be holy and heart-changing.
I leave my friend here with You to gather up her tears for redemption.
In the Name of Jesus I pray,
Amen and Amen.
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