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♣ In The Realm of Tears

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be any mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” – Revelation 21:4

The depth and profundity of certain experiences leave no room for words. The mishaps, the unexplainable, the long delayed and unanswered questions that sink the heart and spirit speak of unfathomable depths and are often times discernible and explainable only to God; He is the interpreter of all the enigma and chaos that pervades our world.

The years that pass by, close people we love that suddenly leave us for another place in existence, that no matter how hard we attempt to fathom such other realms – where they may be and how they may live their lives – we can only suspend our thoughts; a precipice has been reached where none in this life can cross over and return to encapsulate another dimension. The agony of seeing family members deteriorate who were once strong in physique and mind – the very aspects that spoke of security and stability leave us yearning for those moments to roll back into existence. We scan the decades that shift like mere years; short lived but precious moments now echo in the pain of life’s unfair treatment – an agony suspended in thick silence.

We all have an aching and longing for eternity; we dread the aspect of expiration and we live in a world that desperately seeks to preserve life – or at least slow down the debilitating effects of aging. Naturally, we yearn for bliss, to make everything wrong right – the things that spoil the ideal – and this is part of the aftermath of humanity’s fall that faintly echo’s the glory man once had with God in the beginning. The whole of creation has been subject to futility as the result of sin and eagerly longs to be restored to its original state. Through Jesus Christ alone – not science, politics or any moralistic social-improving endeavour – the whole cosmos awaits to be clothed in the glory that will far surpass its sinless original state; where sin has marred and destroyed, God’s grace triumphs and super-abounds, performing abundantly above and beyond restoring the years that the ‘locusts’ have eaten.

The apostle Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” There is the acknowledgment of affliction, but it is not worthy of being measured against the inexpressible glory that awaits for those who are redeemed in and through Christ. Christians are not exempt from acute suffering, the kind where God offers no immediate explanation as to why we encounter some of the most perplexing and heart-wrenching experiences, but it is through these times that we are given foretastes of what God has promised and sealed as a guarantee through His everlasting covenant that cannot be broken. It is not just ourselves that groan within but the rest of creation that intensely longs for the redemption and glorification of our bodies, the sons of God, where itself shall also be released from corruption, having been completely renewed with the transforming touch of heaven – the time when the Son of God appears Who will fashion us fully in conformity to His image (Romans 8:17, 29;).

It is then that God “will wipe away every tear” Every tear implicates each one individually, not just in the plural sense where some are not taken into account and others are overlooked by even the best of us; every tear that tells of its own story and pain shall be wiped away with the healing balm of God’s intimate and profound Fatherly touch. God ‘tastes’ the bitter-salt in our tears, not one is left unaccounted for but awaits the reason behind such present silence as Oswald Chambers suitably stated, “There will come one day a personal and direct touch from God where every tear and perplexity, every oppression and distress, every suffering and pain, and wrong and injustice will have a complete and ample and overwhelming explanation.”

“Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” has become such a sickly-clichéd statement nowadays through over-familiarity that the wonder and profundity of it has been lost and can only be renovated and restored by the Holy Spirit’s illumination of what that truth implicates. Nevertheless, such truths fitly spoken are of priceless worth, especially when the God of comfort draws near to impress those words upon our innermost being just as if they were personally written.

The God who perfectly feels our bitterest tears will surely turn them into rapturous joy, and the perfect world we long for is nothing in comparison to the immeasurable coming glory, void of the tiniest defect, that God has prepared for those who love Him and take refuge in Him amidst this present and temporal age.


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