"Sentimentality is no indication of a warm heart. Nothing weeps more copiously than a chunk of ice."
I came across this generations old quote today and had to laugh at the two images that came immediately to mind. Tears do flow unabashedly in our home some days and the sincerety of those tears often comes into question immediately once the showers have been turned on!
Exhibit A: At the Time of Reckoning, or as my children more familiarly recognize it...correction time!As the consequence is handed down in response to any grievance caused to another, the tears begin. "But mom! I said I'm sorry!" It seems in this courtroom, tears are the only defense as their language skills have yet to master intelligent debate (thank the good Lord for that!). And how quickly the waterworks subside when relationship is restored or once the time has been served and justice fulfilled! Tears meant for mourning are quickly exchanged for tears of joy as each time of correction ends in giggles and hugs!
Exhibit B: Copious Crier Personified, yes, that would be me! What a precious promise to know that God keeps our tears in a bottle, for it would be a pity to think that the many gallons I've wept have gone to waste! He has seen all my tears, those wept for my husband, my children, my sorrows, my struggles, my friends, my family. I know He has seen for it is in His bosom that I have find sweet comfort. "Tears remain for the night but joy comes in the morning (paraphrase)"! And yet, deeper still, He sees the well from which they've sprung, He sees my heart.