The Message in God’s Bottle

 I’m sentimental and love filling jars with my special treasures.   Vintage jars display things like pink and white pebbles from my favorite Lake Helena beach,  shells from Florida,  Gramma Geneva’s vintage buttons, Scrabble tiles, marbles, and dice.

Two of my favorite treasures are water from the Dead Sea in Israel and sand from a beach in  Normandy.

 I learned the Lord keeps treasures in bottles, too.

Psalm 56:8
You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;

I cry often.

Some people process things in their mind, I process them in my tear ducts.

If it hasn’t been cried over, it probably hasn’t been prayed over.

I’m not a cute crier, my face turns red and puffy, my eyes get smaller and my lips quiver.  Then, I feel awkward and guilty because  I make people uncomfortable, and they look away.   My husband calls me the Weeping Prophet.  A charismatic brother told me I have the gift of tears.

He is never turned away by my tears, He stores them as His precious treasures.

A few years ago, I was surprised to discover the Lord’s view when I did a Bible study on tears.

PAUL CRIED:

In Acts 20:19, he tells the elders in Ephesus he’s, “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations…”

Paul accepted his trials and tears,  but fixed his eyes on Jesus. He didn’t cry over his beatings,  imprisonments, and daily danger. He wept over souls.

Acts 20:31, “Watch and remember, in three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

 

JOB CRIED:
 Job 16:20, “My friends scorn me: but my eyes pour out tears to God.”

DAVID CRIED:
Psalm 6:6, “I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I water my couch with my tears.”

OUR TEARS WILL END:
Revelation 21:4, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying…”

THE MESSAGE IN GOD’S BOTTLE:

You are so precious to me, each salty drop is a saved treasure, a special memory of the comfort I give until I can wipe away that final tear.

It’s such a beautiful thought, it makes me cry.

I don’t mind filling up more bottles of tears, I have plans for them.   The more  I fill up, the  more I have to pour out on the feet of Jesus as a drink offering.

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7 Responses to The Message in God’s Bottle

  1. Nita June 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Very nice. I value tears, and I appreciate the verses you bring out.

    • Momma Mindy June 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      Plus, you are used to me crying. 🙂 And you don’t turn away, thank you for that.

  2. Judith June 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I liked this!! I wonder how many bottles God has of mine??

    • Momma Mindy June 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      I know, right? Heaven will be wonderful for so many reasons…..

  3. momstheword June 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I love this quote: If it hasn’t been cried over, it probably hasn’t been prayed over.”

    Also love the “gift of tears” quote, lol! I think that’s very sweet because people can see that you’re really touched and you really care without you having to tell them in words.

    I am not really much of a crier, never have been. Even my kids have said “Mom never cries” but I have been known to shed tears occasionally. I mean, I totally cried when my dad died. Not as much as some, but then it’s just not how I process things. I hold it in, which isn’t a good thing, so I am trying to let things out more. But I digress.

    However, I will say on those rare occasions that I DO get upset enough to cry, people listen up, lol! It is very effective, haha.

    • Momma Mindy June 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

      I think I cry TOO much, but the hyper-thyroid state I have to live in has made it worse, not better. So, people don’t pay as much attention to my tears as yours. Wow. I always wonder what it would feel like to be that controlled person without the messy mascara…..

  4. Tandis June 8, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    Beautiful blog.
    Weeping Prophet – haha. 🙂

    Revelation 21:4, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying…”
    Clinging to this promise.

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