“Now therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart,
with weeping, and with mourning.”
Have you ever felt an agonising pain arise from inside of you? Maybe it was because of a break up, failing a unit of study, a family member passing away or even feeling guilty after doing something wrong. We get this whirlwind of emotion swirling inside our hearts. Our hearts become heavier and we feel our brokenness tearing up our insides. Let me ask you another question: Have you ever shed tears after experiencing this build-up of emotion? I’m going to be straight up and say ‘I have’. Numerous times I’ve experienced some sort of downfall and no matter how many words I would utter, nothing would bandage my inner wounds as much as weeping.
When something upsets us, we generally say, “my heart hurts” or “you broke my heart” and vice versa when someone makes us happy or we experience something joyous – we say “you make my heart happy” or “this made my heart warm”. Our hearts become the home of our emotions. Now a person’s actions generally reflect the status of their heart just as mentioned in the Book of Proverbs, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
When Christ isn’t residing in your heart, love becomes absent. This then allows sin to be planted within you and it will slowly grow and begin to harden the foundation of your heart. Empathy will then begin to lack and the people around you will label you as “heartless”. The beautiful thing about Christ is that no one ever calls Him “heartless”. His actions always reflect the beauty and purity of His heart. The greatest thing I adore about Christ is that He wept. The Lord wept three times in the Bible: over Jerusalem, before raising Lazarus from the dead and at the Garden of Gethsemane.
The segment I want to reflect on is when Christ wept before raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus portrayed empathy when he saw Mary weeping and He couldn’t help but weep with her. How beautiful is that?! Because of the nature of His heart, He couldn’t stand watching His loved ones weep. How many of us can weep when we upset the Lord? Whenever we see a friend shedding some tears, because of our love for them, we too feel their sorrow weighing down our hearts. Why is it that we continuously proclaim that we love God but when we hurt Him, we sometimes pretend it’s okay? Why do we weep when lose a worldly object but not when we lose our spark with Christ? The Lord patiently waits outside our hearts. He knocks on the door and awaits our welcoming. He stands and asks, “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe My ways” (Proverbs 23:26). The humble King wants to lay His head in YOUR heart but Christ and sin can’t be in the same room. Weep and let your tears flood the villages and mansions that sin has built in your hearts. Cry to Him and say as David says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Christ, because of His beautiful, soft and tender heart, won’t leave a broken heart feeling hopeless just as David reflects later in that same Psalm, “A broken and a contrite heart – these O’ God you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). Cry to God like you’ve never cried to anyone before. Tears are equivalent to a thousand words in prayer and the greatest thing about crying to God is that He collects them in a bottle like the Prophet says, “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” (Psalm 56:8). How comforting is that?! The Almighty Saviour cherishes the tears we shed to Him. He feels our pain and that is why He collects our tears. He “numbers our wanderings” and waits till the moment we realise that we are weak and hopeless without Him.
Never keep the Lord waiting, my friends. When Christ resides within you, your heart becomes warm and gentle. When you’re feeling down, just remember the offer that the Lord made, “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Go to Him. It’s that simple. He wants YOU. Don’t give the world the chance to varnish over your heart. Instead, let the Author of Life continue decorating your inside. Allow Him to spray paint love over the walls of your heart so that you’re capable of “hiding His words in your heart that you might not sin against Him” (Psalm 119:11).
SAYG ~ Steven Attalla.