An Attentive God

by Mary Stout

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalms 56:8 NLT
There are three kinds of tears: Basal tears are tears that are secreted every time you blink. They produce lubrication nourishment and protection for the eye. Reflex tears are the tears that are shed in response to onions and smoke and wind, etc. Emotional tears are tears of sadness, happiness, grief, etc. If you have ever had dry eye, you know how important basal tears are. Without them, your eye gets watery, blurry and hurts a lot. I get this every so often and so I am very grateful when my eye is calm and producing basal tears. Reflex tears protect the eye from irritants. What is fascinating to me is the third tear: emotional tears…did you know that these types of tears have a higher stress hormone in them and a natural painkiller called enkephalin When we cry it releases the excess hormones in us and calms the iris down. So we feel emotional relief when we have a good cry.  Perhaps God gave us this release so when we get done crying, we can see Him more clearly. What a glorious thing tears are. God thinks they are important too. He collects them in a bottle God loves us, he knows our heartaches, and he mourns with us. Just as you hurt when your child hurts, our Father hurts with us. 
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; Psalm 34:15 
God is with us during the hard times. He stays right beside us and carries us through. 
​God comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, MSG)  
Prayer: Lord we thank you for listening to our cries and loving us through the things we go through in life. May we be bold and strong enough to carry your message of love and strength to others as they suffer. Help us meet them as you have ours. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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