They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” John 20:13
There’s a lot of crying in the world today. Tears over lost love, or over loved ones who have died. Tears of regret. Tears of pain. Right now many who are reading these words have eyes filled with tears.
2019 has opened with an unprecedented loss of lives and many are in grief even as a new years starts. The pain all around is heavy and many are depressed and discouraged.
I have heard people say, “Big boys don’t cry.” The truth is they do—and so do big girls. There is nothing wrong with crying. Even Jesus cried (see John 11:35). The question is, “Amid tears, how can we have hope to carry on?”
The angels did not tell Mary, “Don’t cry.” They asked her, “Why are you crying?” Blinded by her sorrow, Mary did not recognize Jesus; not even the sound of his voice awakened her hope. Then he called her name, “Mary,” and her eyes were opened to his life-giving presence.
Tears are liquid prayers. God sees our tears and hears our prayers. The scriptures show us that even when we do not speak loud words, God can clearly discern our pains and sorrow over any situation in our lives.
Do you think all your dreams and past efforts have been buried by your losses or by the hurts and injustices heaped on you? Whoever you are, Jesus knows your name (see John 10:3-4). Touch Him with your pain and exchange beauty for ashes today.
When we respond to his gentle call and trust him as Savior, we have this life-giving hope: one day God will wipe away every tear from our eyes; “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4).
What emotions are you dealing with at the moment, are you sincere in expressing them?
What questions do you have for God? Will you set aside time to listen and speak truthfully to Him?
Do you trust and believe that Jesus can renew your faith and hope for the future?
Prayer: Loving Lord, thank you for understanding us when our eyes fill with tears. Thank you for calling us by name. May our eyes be opened to your life-giving presence. In Jesus name, Amen.