What comes to mind when you hear the word “tears”? Sadness? Brokenness? Heart-break? Hurt? Anger? So many emotions come to my mind when I hear “tears” or “wiping tears.” As a mom, when I see tears from my hurting child, the mama bear immediately comes out. I want to go into full on attack mode. How dare anyone cause harm to my sweet baby, whether they are 8 or 18. I don’t think any mom wants to see their child hurting. My first instinct is to swoop in to rescue them, start wiping tears, and stop the hurt immediately. I think God ingrained in us as mothers a fierce protective instinct. This instinct drives us so strongly that we want to fix it all.
What about the tears that we can’t fix? As moms we have our limitations. We are human, and contrary to our desires, we can’t control everything. I know the type-A, control freak in me would like to have that power, but do I really? Do I really want the burden of controlling the entire world, just to fix the tears? No. No, I don’t think I do.
We have another promise in Revelation 21; when we get to heaven, all tears will be wiped away. Can you imagine? We have Jesus, who took all of our sins, all of our burdens, all of our heart-breaks, everything; He took them all on Himself with a promise to be the one wiping tears. As a result, all we have to do is come to Him, lay it all at His feet. Hmmm, I guess I don’t want to be in control anymore. I would much rather have my own tears wiped away and rest in Him than take the burden of control.
Now that I have surrendered control, what am I supposed to do about the tears that are shed by those around me? How do I help with the hurt, not only from my children, but those around me? Wiping those tears is the promise of Jesus when we get to heaven, but there are still tears here on earth. What do we do about those that are lost, hurting, crying out?
We love, we can’t “fix” anything. Jesus has the power and control, we don’t. But we have love. Why? Because Jesus first loved us. Isn’t that what we do for our kids? We shower them with love when they hurt. As moms, we have such a capacity to love with every fiber of our beings. Christians simply need to share that love with those hurting around us. Jesus love is what we need to show them. He is the one who loves us more than anything. We stop wiping tears and trying to fix it all. And just love and rest in Jesus love for us.
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