Can you guess which are happy, sad and onion tears in this photo by Rose Lynn Fisher?

By Tammy Phillips
December 12, 2020

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

Johnson’s baby shampoo makes a promise of “no more tears” on the bottle!  However, John boldly declares that it is our God who will wipe away all tears.   I can hardly wait for that promised day.  No more tears!  No more death!  No more sorrow!  No more crying!  No more pain!  They will all pass away!  Praise God!  NO MORE TEARS!

However, have you ever felt like David when he said?  

“My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where [is] your God?” (Psalm 42:3 NKJV)

Keep crying.  God created tears for a purpose, actually there are 3 types of tears according to 

  1. Basal tears are the ones in our eyes all the time, and serve the purpose of lubricating, nourishing and protecting our eyes.
  2. Reflex tears form to protect the eyes from irritants, such as wind, smoke or onions.
  3. Emotional tears are tears that contain higher concentrations of stress hormones such as adrenocorticotropic hormone, and leucine enkephalin (a natural pain killer), which suggests that emotional tears play a role in balancing stress hormone levels.

When we cry what happens to all those tears? The Word says:

“You have taken account of my wanderings (shake, move to and fro); Put my tears in Your bottle; Are they not recorded in Your book?” Psalms 56:8

Every time I read God’s word, I find a new nugget. I am amazed by this verse. 

First, God has his own GPS on us.  He knows exactly where we are physically, mentally and spiritually.  We cannot hide from Him.  Second, He takes a count of when we are happy, sad, shaken, or moved.  He records when we are so upset that we can do nothing but move to and fro.  Last, He also collects our tears in His bottle.  He cares so much that He captures everyone and records it in his book.  Wow.  Just wow.

So, for now, I enCOURAGE you to cry as often as you need.  Cry happy tears or sad tears, they both have a God designed natural pain killer to make you feel better and to relieve stress.  Treasure the fact that He captures everyone.  However, My hope is in His greater plan to eventually wipe all tears away!  Life pain free.  No more tears!


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