Is it okay to cry, even though you are trusting God? Yes! Years ago I read devotion in “Streams in the Desert”. It went something like this…A little child was sitting on a person’s lap while they were crying. As someone entered the room, they asked the child what they were doing. The little child said, “I’m helping them cry”. Tears in this life are sometimes necessary, until God wipes them all away in heaven. Even Jesus cried. He groaned and wept at the tomb of his beloved Friend, Lazarus, knowing He was getting ready to resurrect him; John 11:1-44. Psalm 34:6 says, “This poor (afflicted, humble) man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Ecclesiastes 3:4 says there is a time to weep and a time to laugh. Romans 12:15 says we weep with those who weep. But…Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. There are seasons to weep, but they can’t be too prolonged, past the healthy point. It’s so interesting to note, that after Jesus wept, with great composure, He (trustingly) lifted up His eyes, while thanking Father God for hearing him. He then took authority, as He cried with a loud voice for Lazarus to come forth (resurrect), even telling bystanders to “Loose him, and let him go!” When David’s child died, we read in II Samuel 12, that he rose from lying on the ground, after fasting and grieving all night. He washed and anointed himself, changed his clothes, and went into the house of the Lord and worshipped. Afterwards, he went home and ate, acknowledging that he would go to be with his son one day. In Psalm 147:3 we see that Jesus heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Isaiah 53:3-5 says Jesus was acquainted with grief, so He could bear ours, He carried our sorrows, and by His stripes we are healed. Psalm 56:8 says God puts our tears in a bottle and has record of them in His book. That seems to say…your tears do not go unnoticed, and there is compensation for them. So, as we rise from the ground, our testimony of His healing will be profound! And for the spirit of heaviness, He will give us a garment of praise; Isaiah 61:3! When my Grandmother was getting close to ending her stay here, we redecorated her bedroom with new carpet, curtains, etc. She asked why we were doing this, since she was going to be with the Lord. Before I thought, I said, “We must live until we die.” Meaning, as we rise from the ashes, we bring glory to God, Most High!