Everyone Needs a Good Cry
We've all heard the phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Well, even the most optimistic person gets tired of lemonade, and sometimes lemonade does get old and sour.
It sounds silly, but in reality, we've all lost our morale at one time or another. We've all been there. You know that place. It feels lonely and you're so down and hopeless, longing for someone or something to pick you up and lift your spirit.
Maybe you're having trouble at home or struggling at school. Maybe your job is slow or your leadership just isn't there for those who are supposed to look up to you. Has illness struck, or has an accident occurred? Maybe it's your finances? (Many of us can feel depressed over that.)
Even the most encouraging people get discouraged every once in a while.
Think of a happy, carefree child. When something doesn't go his way or he's not feeling well or he's fallen and scraped his knee, the result is usually a good, hard cry. Kids run to their parents so they can wipe the tears from their eyes and help them with whatever situation is causing them pain.
Now, don't get me wrong. As an adult, it would be pretty ridiculous if I ran around like a crybaby looking for my mommy and daddy. But I can get attention from my heavenly Father. Scripture provides comfort:
"The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry." (Psalms 34:15)
"Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses." (Psalm 107:28)
"In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me." (Psalm 120:1)
These are just a few scriptures on crying unto the Lord. There are many more.
Crying doesn't make me any less of a person. Instead, it shows vulnerability and reliance to God when I pour my heart out to Him. There's power behind those desperate, repentance-filled, need-acknowledging prayers that are sure to reach His throne.
There are many men and women in the scriptures who cried out to the Lord. Why not add to the list and be one of them? Show His strength through your weakness (Jacob 4:7) by increasing your faith and giving it to God. You supply the tissues, and He'll take care of the rest.