In his retirement, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Jefferson trusted that students would take their studies seriously, but once the misbehavior of the students led to a riot in which professors who tried to restore order were attacked.
The following day a meeting was held between the university’s board, of which Jefferson was a member, and defiant students. Jefferson began by saying, “This is one of the most painful events of my life,” suddenly he was overcome by emotion, and burst into tears. Another board member asked the rioters to come forward and give their names. Nearly everyone did. Later, one of them said, “It was not Mr Jefferson’s words, but his tears.”
Just like the student was moved by Jefferson’s brokenness, so is God by ours.
The reason David was led by God to such deep and full experiences was that he shed tears. The many tears that he shed reveal the many sufferings and adversities that he bore. David became David because of his tears.
“Jesus wept” (John 11:35) is the shortest verse in the Bible. It happened when Jesus was told by Mary and Martha of the death of their brother Lazarus of Bethany.
Even Jesus, in all his perfectness and holiness, also cried.
The next time you feel the tears coming, do not be ashamed. We can call God on speed-dial and He will always answer, and He will show us great and amazing things that we could never dream of. (Jeremiah 33:3)