Our Tear Bottle is currently the most popular item in our shop. It is often gifted to someone who is grieving the loss a loved one, going through a divorce, struggling with depression, or battling cancer.
Here is the story behind how our Tear Bottle was created. (Read below or listen to my Facebook Live video.)
Season of Tears
A few years ago, we were in a season where there were many tears in our household.
During that time, God reminded me of this verse:
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8).
Think about it: God can’t collect our tears unless He is right there with us.
His presence to me during that time was so life-giving, even in the midst of the sorrow. And I wanted to find a way to create a tangible reminder of that truth: that He is with me.
So I created this mini glass bottle with teardrop beads inside. Each time I see it, I am reminded that God sees my tears, He is with me when I am sad, and He will comfort me (Psalm 10:17).
God Hears the Cries of His People
God hears the cries of His people. We know this is true because we see it throughout the Bible:
- God heard the cries of Hagar’s baby and came to her in the desert (Genesis 16).
- He heard the cries of the Israelites as they were slaves in Egypt and responded by sending Moses to rescue them (Exodus 3).
- He was with Jeremiah as he wept for God’s people (Jeremiah 4).
And though we are only told of one instance where Jesus wept (at the death of His friend Lazarus), I imagine there were probably tears when His own earthly father, Joseph, passed away. Or when His cousin, John the Baptist, was beheaded.
I imagine He had a few sorrowful nights thinking about the cross, or remembering all of the sick people, or seeing the hardness of some of the people’s hearts He had encountered that day. Are there other instances where you think He might have been sad or grieved?
God is with You
I don’t know what tears you have today. I don’t know the cries of your heart. I don’t know when you weep or what causes you to do so. But God does. And He is with you.
You are not alone.