Saturday, August 18, 2012

Myrrh: Born From Tears

When you think of myrrh, what comes to your mind? The gift of the magi perhaps. Maybe the burial of the dead. But I always think of how it is harvested.

To get the myrrh, they must cut a deep gash all the way to the heart of the plant. This produces "tears". The tears are what we know as myrrh. It has many healing properties, and it aids in the burial of the dead. It is a very expensive oil, and because of that, it is highly valued.

Let's face it friends; life is hard. Sometimes, people say and do things that cut us to the heart. Things don't go as we planned, a loved one dies, someone messes up along the line and ruins everything, someone is trying to help, but just makes it all worse, or a promise was not kept. Yes, the tears will come. We will have moments where we can't hold on anymore, and the tears flow. But if we are wise, we will not blame God, but rather thank Him for what He has planned. For from those tears, we can become stronger, valuable, more usable people. Even though it may not seem like it, He has a plan, and a purpose for every cut.

There is a song by Laura Story called "Blessings". The chorus says: "What if Your blessings come through raindrops, what if Your healing comes through tears, and what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know your here. And what if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?"
Whatever you are going through, or is happening in your life, remember: God has a purpose for every tear!

This is one of my favorite quotes:
If He leads you to it, His grace will see you through it.