The healing power of Tears

I am a very emotional person. I cry as much as I laugh. I remember when my Sis in love looked at me weirdly because I was crying while watching a Barbie movie. Lol! Yesterday, I cried four times whilst watching ‘Captain America; the First Avenger’. This morning, whilst feeling overwhelmed, I cried again and I realised that I felt better after crying…

I remember talking to a Scientist and he was explaining tears from a scientific perspective. He tried to explain the chemicals released when we cry – it was a lot. I think at some point, my mind shut down but this was what I took away from that conversation – God, our Creator, thought about everything when He created us, so much so, He made it possible that we have a natural outlet when we are feeling a certain way – He made it so that when we cry, we release stress, pressure and various emotions which leave us feeling better.

Jesus wept.’ – John 11:35 NKJV

The above verse is the shortest in the Bible, yet, for me, it carries so much. The preceding verses tell the story of grief, loss, heartache and so much more in that one verse. For me, I see time stopping and Jesus mourning for so many different things and the only way to express all of that is through weeping. After he wept, the work that needed to be done in Him was done.

“Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord , the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life.” – Isaiah 38:5 NLT

Tears, in my opinion, are a calling card – have you seen how a Mother jumps when her child starts crying? Tears are a silent prayer to God when words fail us. There are so many verses that point to a loving Father Who wipes our tears and Who carries us from sorrow to joy, mourning to dancing. We cry, God hears. We cry, God heals. We cry, God, rescues. God heals. I no longer believe in coincidence and so when I see so many references about tears and the outcome, I ask, is there something God is trying to tell me?

This is also why I don’t fully understand why some people CHOOSE to stifle their tears. I am not advocating for people to walk around and start bawling, no, I am advising that people take up more opportunities to cry. Let all the bad out. Release some of the pain, the hurt, the grief. Cry…Have you noticed that more often than not, when you weep, the sleep that follows is so restful and rejuvenating? Again, I do not believe this to be a coincidence. I think that God created our emotions for particular reasons. Our tears have a job to do and rather than try and force yourself to ignore those emotions, feel them. Set those tears free and feel better for doing so – whether you are male or female – tears are human.

I cannot tell you the amount of times crying has caused me to think clearly and or more rationally. Crying stopped me from doing stupid things because after I cried, all the pent up aggression left and I was able to respond – an example, have you ever been so angry, you started crying? Have you ever thought about that? I know that if you are a guy, this probably embarrassed you but do you know that this may have saved your life?

When we cry, a lot of good things happen in us that is probably good for us. Like defecating, when we cry we release toxins from our bodies and emotions. Have you ever seen someone who has been constipated for a long time? They are in a lot of physical pain because they should be releasing often. In the same way, we should not be emotionally constipated. We should cry often – release those tears.

They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.’ – Psalms 126:6 NLT

Crying is not a permanent fixture in our emotions or temperament but it is one tool, more people need to take advantage of. We are not supposed to cry all the time but we are supposed to cry. Babies are the best example. A healthy baby cries when something is wrong and giggles when all is well. Feel all your feelings, whether the tears form from sorrow, exhaustion, grief or whether they form from Ecstacy and undiluted joy. Be human. You have permission. Have a good cry today, you will feel much better afterwards!

Love and Blessings,

xOx

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