Freedom in the Tears

July 27, 2021 | Carol Senour

Freedom in the tears.

The world is constantly telling us that we must be strong. It looks favorably on the strong and down on the weak, almost as if they are prey. From a very young age, I always felt the need to push through with strength, burying my feelings. The song, “When We Fall Apart” by Ryan Stevenson, has been weighing on my heart and showed me that God doesn’t expect us to always be strong. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 

Look at some of the lyrics:

“It’s ok to cry
It’s ok to fall apart
You don’t have to try
To be strong when you are not
And it may take some time to make sense of all your thoughts
But don’t ever fight your tears
‘Cause there is freedom in every drop
Sometimes the only way to heal a broken heart is when we fall apart.”

The problem with burying your feelings is that you look rock solid to everyone on the outside, but you are a hot mess on the inside. God does not fix us through our strength, but heals us through being weak, vulnerable and with His strength. In your time with God, it is okay to fall apart and cry. You will feel an instant freedom and relief after the tears have been shed. God can start putting you back together after you have released it all to Him. That hurt, the pain and those tears will be part of your ministry to others. Remember in Philippians 4:13 it says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” No where in the Bible does it say “through our own strength.”