S….. The last lesson of the TEARS Series.
So… what are some Tear inducing words that start with S.
Sadness……. Secrets…….Separation………. Shame……. Sickness……… Sin……… Sorrow……. Songs……… Sunshine……Stress…… Sacrifices …..
This one seemed to be hard for me to get the “right” one. I “Struggled” through this one until the week before I was to teach it. God kept bringing the word “Sorrow” to me and I couldn’t
figure out what would make it different from the others I taught on ….. and then …. it hit me!!!!
When we add an “S” to the end of a word…. that word then becomes plural…. meaning there now are multiples involved. Not only does the word Sorrow include……
Trials…. Endings….. Adultery…..Remember…..but everything not covered there as well….
The Dictionary defines Sorrow as:
To feel deep sadness or mental pain. Deep sadness especially for the loss of someone…. or something loved.
The KJV Dictionary Defines Sorrow:
The uneasiness or pain of mind which is produced by the loss of any good. or of frustrated hopes of good, or expected loss of happiness; to grieve; to be sad.
Agony, Distress, Pain, Suffering, Torment, Blues, Dejection, Depression, Desolateness, Despair, Despondence, Distress, Doldrums, Downheartedness, Dreariness, Gloominess, Heartsickness, Joylessness, Melancholy, Miserableness, Misery, Mopes, Oppression, unhappiness, Woefulness, Guilt, Regret, Remorse, Self-reproach, Shame, Self-pity.
For the last 5 lessons, I have given you many things that have caused tears to flow in my life….. but many of you have gone through so many things I can not even imagine how you have withstood them….! Only through the strength of Holy Spirit…. have kept the Faith and kept on keeping on!
I began to think of my friend …. who has suffered 3 plus years with Lyme Disease. I have seen her struggle with deep pain that attacks her body and her strength ….. mentally and physically…. and has changed her way of life in many ways. When things get hard to bare… I have seen her somehow pull that strength out from deep within and she makes it… another day… to fight.
Then I was reminded of A Mother in our class who has faithfully taken care of her sweet daughter that has been in a wheelchair for many years. I have seen tears and struggles through the smiles they show when they are at church only when you look deep into her eyes. She is a master at hiding the fear…. the exhaustion…. the sadness she holds within. God has continued to strengthen her but the sorrows…. are real and the tears…. oh I’m sure there have been many behind closed doors of her home.
I also thought of another woman who herself has been in a wheelchair from I believe MS. I have no idea how many years she has been confined to that chair, yet you can count on her showing up to church on Sundays…. and Wednesday night services as well. I know her heart has longed to rise up and leave that chair sitting on the curb…. and yet… she continues to push through her restrictions…. her…. sorrows…. and greets each one of us with a beautiful smile! Proof…. of her Love for our Savior ….. shines in her eyes… and through her life!
As I walk around the room I see other women in my class who have gone through so many sorrows I have not been through. Women who have been taken care of by a mother…. and now… are taking care of her mother. Tenderly and patiently walking near her as she walks with a walker from place to place!
One…. Has just been through surgery on her leg and is Cancer Free.
Another who has had job layoffs…. rehiring…. layoffs….
Family and Children who have had drug addictions…..
One who lost a husband and moved several states away…. trusting …. that God had told her to move to Missouri… without having family to meet here.
And still…. though so many sorrows were listed in our little class room…. there are oh …. so many more that are facing much greater sorrows….. sorrows that I can not even wrap my head around!
Every time we turn on the TV….Read in a paper or on Facebook…. we hear more and more of…
Shootings…. like the Dallas Police Shootings.
Selfishness…. People taking the life of loved ones to get back at someone.
Slander….. Oh… the Political race at its finest.
Scared……..People don’t feel safe
The Bible says in Psalm 34:17-19
When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hears
And rescues them from all their distress and troubles.
The Lord is near to the heartbroken
And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).
Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous,
But the Lord rescues him from them all.
I thought about that Scripture…. and the verse that says…. “The Lord is near to the heartbroken”…… How near is He really? Sometimes we feel as though He is a million miles away and He doesn’t see our sorrows… and if He does… He must not even care! But God reminded me of our Scripture we have based this study on….
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.
Now … let me ask you…. What happens to a tear when it falls off of your cheek? It falls to the ground…. or on your clothes…. and then it is absorbed. If it is absorbed…. it can’t be retrieved…. if it can’t be retrieved…. it can’t be kept in a bottle. Right? So…. according to the Scripture… if God collects ALL my tears in His bottle… He is going to have to be close enough to catch those tears before they fall of my cheek. THAT is pretty close….. pretty “near to the heartbroken”…. wouldn’t you agree?
….weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning!
2nd Corinthians 4:17
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.
At the end of each class I poured a corresponding color of sand into a tall bottle to represent the tears kept in a bottle…
T…. was for Trials… and Teal was the color of sand.
E…. was for Endings…. and Evergreen was the color of the sand.
A….. was for Adultery… and Amethyst…. the sand.
R….. was for Remember…. and Raspberry sand was what I choose.
S….. was for Sorrow…. and Silver was the last color of sand.
The Bottle was beautiful!
I believe…. That I have Many Tear bottles in heaven! I believe… they will be even more beautiful than this one… and in my mansion that God
has prepared for me…. these Tears…. in Gods bottle…. will be a beautiful decoration on my mantle!
One last surprise God gave me for this class…. a Poem. I …. am not a Poet…. I have tried time and time again to write poems and they never turn out….. but when God is in it… it just happens..
Whenever life gets hard
and your tears begin to flow,
Your Father God in Heaven
Can See your every woe.
Not only does He see them,
no matter how things look,
each Tear He catches in a bottle
and records them in His book.
For every trial you’re facing
though the battle is so real,
This test will soon be over
and your tears will turn to Teal.
In life we have beginnings
and endings that are mean.
But every tear we’ve shed for them
are now for Ever-Green.
Your heart in part was broken,
Adultery… the catalyst,
But as a Princess of The King
Royal tears are shades of Amethyst.
Memories, sweet memories
They make our hearts so merry.
Good and bad, the tears you see
are now a bright Raspberry!
Sorrows seem to multiply
They set our hearts to quiver.
But when our God has touched those tears,
They’ll Shine like Precious Silver.