Have you ever just opened up the floodgates and let the tears fall where they may? You may have no logical reason for doing so, but with things as they are in our world right now, I seem to be prone to mild amounts of falling saline from my eyes.
We write positive thoughts, we pray with hope, we try to cover up the noise of the world, but somehow it continues to make its way into the deepest parts of our souls. We can cover our sadness with a mask, but that is merely hiding what’s going on within. We can live in our solitude and accept it or we can venture out with the courage of a mouse approaching a piece of cheese in a trap. We know that dangers lurks at every corner, but we’re willing to take the chance.
It seems that no amount of hiding under a rock is going to keep us from the clutches of this nasty virus. Even when we follow all the rules, there’s a chance of being exposed. Those of us with normally positive attitudes, have fallen into the rabbit hole called depression.
Tears are a natural way to wash some of our sadness away. They can also be a product of extreme joy and laughter. When I think about tears, I can’t help but be reminded of Mary, the mother of our Savior. Her tears must’ve been constant when her Son endured the cross – when His smitten body was removed and place in a tomb – when she believed she would never see Him again. Oh, what joy when she saw His resurrected body. That moment of ecstasy gave way to tears of joy in just a few short days.
Life is filled with ups and downs. This period of waiting is like being tucked away in the wilderness for a time. In every wilderness written about in the Bible, there were always lessons to be learned through the wandering. I pray that even though our hearts may be heavy right now, there will be a new day. God will provide an answer – an end – a vaccine – a different way of living. The lessons we learn through all this seem unknown right now, but God never fails. He never lies. His promises are sure. His will is going to be done. Have faith, cry if you have to and know that God is in control.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6