What Happens to a Tear

Have you ever thought what happens to your tears?

After learning of yet more friends of mine telling me that they are having to navigate the rapids of divorce, I pondered this very thought. While spending some time alone with God on the beach after the beginning of the new year, I couldn’t help but wonder….

Is the ocean full of tears? How about the river or a lake? When you turn on the tap to wash the dishes, is it filled with lost hopes and dreams?

In Psalms 56:8, David wrote “You have kept count of my tossings (wanderings), put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”. With that he is saying that God knows about our tears and he has them. If he knows how many hairs are on your head, he knows how many tears you have shed. He knows, and He cares.

In the physical realm, the tear has to go somewhere.

We have all seem the Water Cycle chart that shows how water moves here on earth.

  1. Evaporation
  2. Condensation
  3. Precipitation
  4. Collection

Whether you wipe your tears on a tissue, your hand, or let it drop to the floor, it leaves you. It now has been collected somewhere. Evaporation will eventually happen. It will then combine with other moisture and eventually come back to earth somewhere,  maybe in that water bottle you just took a sip from a moment ago. Maybe it becomes a part of the next thunderstorm or snowstorm that hits.

It may seem far-fetched and a little out there to think this, but while I stared out at the Atlantic Ocean, I couldn’t shake the thought that the joy and pain of others that produced those tears could be right past my beach chair. In the same ocean that I receive peace and joy from sitting and watching the waves gently crash upon the shore, who’s tears are bringing me that peace and joy? What are their stories? Have they found peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding? A peace that heals and brings wholeness to their spirit, soul, and body?

I believe in some way, we are all connected by our mutual experiences, good and bad through the tears we shed in pain and joy. We sympathize and empathize with those that need a shoulder to collect those tears and rejoice with those that are celebrating victory and success.

Just like the many tears I have shed over failed relationships, situations, and pain, God has used them to renew others in ways I will never be able to comprehend. My experiences and obedience to allow God to use me to encourage and counsel others on His indescribable love has allowed my tears to be refreshment to others.

The tears you have shed will eventually refresh others, one way or another. Maybe you cried in their beer and then it may be sooner than later. 🙂 Maybe you will be able to tell your story to a friend or family member that is going through exactly what you have gone through.

In many ways, your tears eventually bring forth new life and helps sustain life in lives and the world around you. It may not feel like it while you are shedding the tears. Trust me. They will.

It you feel like sharing your story, I would love to hear it. I am sure many others all over the world would be encouraged to hear about you and how your tears could bring them hope in their troubled times. Just leave it in the comments. I read them all.

Know that God is holding record of all of your tears and He wants to be your answer to what has caused your tears.

He loves you more than you will every know. He has an open shoulder and welcome arms.

Be blessed!!


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5 thoughts on “What Happens to a Tear

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    1. Resolvi me separar a um ano depois de muito sofrer e confirmar a traição.
      Mas tem dias que me pego chorando por tudo, sou grata Deus, mais a ingratidão de uma pessoa que dizia me amar dói demais. Vê lo desprezando nossa filha e toda mentira.
      Já derramei tantas lágrimas que ñ sei como ainda tenho para chorar.


  1. TRANSLATION: I decided to separate a year after suffering a lot and confirm the betrayal.
    But there are days when I find myself crying for everything, I am grateful to God, but the ingratitude of a person who said he loves me hurts too much. See him despising our daughter and all lies.
    I’ve shed so many tears that I don’t know how I have yet to cry.

    REPLY: Gisa,

    God sees you. He hears you. He has seen every tear. He is holding you right now. If you are still crying, that is ok. God will be there holding you as you cry on his shoulder. It will pass eventually.
    When the day comes that you don’t cry anymore, that is when God can start to redeem those tears.

    Every tear holds a dream, a thought, an emotion. He will make sure that every single one of your tears will come back to you in the form of refreshing. It may take a few days, month, or even years.

    Just take each day as it comes. There will be ups and downs, but God is always with you. He will always be there, as you seek Him to just spend time together. No need to do anything except be with Him. Sit quietly and imagine sitting next to Him, leaning into Him as you enjoy just feeling Him putting an arm over your shoulder. If you feel like talking, He will listen. If you just want to be still, He will be there for as long as you want to be there.

    Father God, may you comfort and bring your peace to Gisa right now. May your Holy Spirit bring forth your healing touch to every part of her as you heal her in this time of restoration. Redeem every tear and bring her the refreshing and strength she needs to move further into the healing you have for her. In the name for Jesus, Amen!!

    Be blessed!!


    1. Muito obrigada pela atenção e pelas palavras vinda de Deus.
      Obrigada por me responder estou amando as mensagens no blog, tem me ajudado muito.
      Que Deus continue te abençoando.


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