As mums we wipe away a lot of tears – our kids’ tears, and our own. Fascinating images of tears under a microscope have gone viral this week online. Part art and part science, these images show the difference between basal tears (which keep our eyes lubricated), reflex tears (which occur in response to irritants) and emotional tears (which can be positive or negative). Below are happy tears, sad tears, and onion tears:
At any MOPS meeting anywhere around Australia (and probably around the world), you can be guaranteed of a few things: coffee, laughter, and tears. In fact, I can hardly recall a MOPS meeting, MOPS training day or MOPS Conference where nobody cried. There are always, always tears. Sometimes they are tears of exhaustion. Sometimes tears of relief. There are tears over past hurts, and tears over lost dreams. There are quiet tears of secret pain that sneak uninvited down onto cheeks and are brushed quickly away. And there are sobs of unspeakable grief, where tears replace words too difficult to even form. At MOPS there are always tears.
I’m not a particularly emotional person myself, and even my close girlfriends have rarely seen me cry – but I am learning to embrace tears. After all, even Jesus wept (John 11:35). My favourite verse about tears though is this one from Psalm 56:8. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” My tears might not flow as freely as yours, but they are no less precious to my God. This beautiful verse reminds me that my pain is never hidden from Him. He knows, and He cares.
The next time you are wiping away tears, be they your own, your children’s, or another mum’s – I pray that this verse will come back to you and give you comfort. Every tear is precious to Him.