Tuning Forks and Tears

I appreciate tears! I smile as I wonder, why did God give us tears?

I’m not being morbid here. I’m in a great mood. But earlier today something made me think about how awesome tears are!

Tears are fascinating to me. In some cultures, tears flow freely, in happiness or in sorrow. In others, they are a sign of weakness. Some say men shouldn’t cry. Others say real men cry. Women in public leadership are not allowed to cry. Men in public leadership – well, it depends on the situation as to how the public interprets their tears. Some children cry loudly, some stifle their cries. Supposedly, a good cry cleanses your body from toxins (one of my personal favorite tear-facts!)… There are thousands of other tear-related truths. You are probably thinking of a few right now. (Do share!).

At times, tears are a sign that our heart is resonating with God’s, like a tuning fork. For that moment, we feel Him so closely and sense so strongly what He is saying, that the only response is a deeply emotional one. These resonating tears can make a far greater impact than the most eloquent sermon.

Today I saw an example of that. I saw a church leader so forcefully impressed by God’s love that he struggled to speak, and when he did, tears were the punctuation marks to his words. They were resonating tears. He just wanted us to get it – that ministry is all about people, not numbers, not statistics.

It was comforting, because I know that when we as leaders are aware of our failings, Christ shows up strongly to do His thing.

Which is why, folks, I really appreciate tears!

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6 thoughts on “Tuning Forks and Tears

  1. For me, tears aren’t just a representative of sadness, for me, they are a representation of every emotion a human being can possibly have – hitting all at once! O and yes, I am a crier!!! Big TIme!!!

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  2. I know about those tuning-fork tears. Kay Arthur (in her teaching tapes) comes to mind; sometimes she just can’t hold back. And people who are tone-deaf just don’t understand; sometimes they seem embarrassed or even angry, to be witnessing that much emotion. So few people really are in tune with God’s heart. I still remember a teaching I heard on Nehemiah, where the teacher said that “Nehemiah’s heart beat with God’s heart”. May we all listen better and try getting tuned in to God’s heart like that.

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