You Collect All My Tears

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

After I broke my wrist I became emotionally hypersensitive. The slightest thing would bring me to tears. At first, I thought it must be my pain medication. I stopped taking the one I thought was the problem and asked my doctors if depression was a side-effect. They didn’t think so, and explained it was more likely because I’d been through a traumatic event.

Being skeptical, I stayed off the one medication and waited for my emotions to stabilize. But it seems the doctors were right. I still cry with every thought that nears frustration or a feeling of hurt.

It was yesterday morning as the tears bubbled up again, that the Holy Spirit reminded me of the verse above — God was collecting my tears.

I began to contemplate what that meant. Why does God collect our tears in a bottle? When I read the whole verse it becomes clear in these words: you keep track, collect, and record. God holds dear all our afflictions. God remembers. God cares.

…casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ ‭AMP

It’s in knowing he cares, that he’s keeping track, that I can lean into him.

But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head. I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence. You send me a Father’s help. Pause in his presence

Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬-‭4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

My time dealing with this trauma will run it’s course. As I stay in God’s presence, I will not only get through it, I will grow through it. How grateful I am for a loving Father.

For those going through traumatic events that will not find resolution in this life, there is another promise.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭4‬ ‭ESV

Whatever your situation, I pray God will cover you with his shield, and bring your soul peace in the knowledge of his love and care.

Grace & Peace,


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