Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Real Tears with Jesus

on June 3, 2014

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As a writer and blogger, it is my deepest desire to be real in my writing. I have no intention what-so-ever of painting myself as a perfect Christian, woman, wife, mother or even friend. I don’t have a need for people to see me as anything more than the real me – a woman who longs deeply to be who the Lord wants me to be, but is completely and totally flawed. There’s no use in denying it. Like Paul, I consider myself to be the chief sinner. I can’t wait for that day in glory when my flesh no longer desires sin and the enemy’s lies never even come close to the ear of my heart! Oh what a glorious day that will be! Until then, you’re stuck with this mess of a friend…this flawed wife and mother…this imperfect, perfect-only-by-grace woman.

While I’m perfectly happy to be upfront and honest about my shortcomings, my pain is a different story altogether. You know, we all go through difficulties, trials and valleys. We all struggle at times in our lives. While I desire to be real with my readers, friends and family, I also know that I am prone to hide away when I’m in pain. I’m prone to hide the hurt, the struggle and the tears. My closest friends know that when I am going through hurt, I tend to isolate. I prefer to cry alone.

And yet….I’m not alone.

“You have kept count of my wanderings,
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?” Psalm 56:8

In those hurting times, when my heart is failing and the tears flow freely, while I may hide away from the world, my Jesus is there. He’s always there. He knows every tear that slips away and every broken beat of my heart. He remembers them and cares. He understands what I’m sure no one else can. He holds me, rocks me, comforts me and reminds me that I can cry real tears with my Jesus. I don’t have to be brave or put on a show. I don’t have to pretend my life is perfect and that I’m beyond the pain that we experience in this life. I can just cry. I can weep freely and allow my tears to be caught up by my Savior who loves me.

If you’re hurting today and hiding away, remember that you can cry out to Jesus. You can be real with Him. He sees your heart and He cares for you deeply and truly. He knows every tear and every heartache. He may not take away the circumstances that are bringing the pain, but He will most definitely carry you through them. He will most definitely be near you and capture your tears in a bottle. You can cry real tears with Jesus and He will turn your mourning into dancing when the time is right. Thank You Lord!

 

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2 responses to “Real Tears with Jesus

  1. One of the most curious of Scripture and one of my favorites. Private pain is His specialty, though. So glad.

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