Yes she did, she really did have tears in her eyes. But why those tears?
She was talking to my wife and myself about her life, her situation and her children. And then her heart just poured out as she exclaimed her longing that her three children would be in heaven. It was humbling, challenging, beautiful and breathtaking.
I was taken aback. Led to ponder about my desires for my own boys. And also thoughtful about how rare this is. In our Western world so many legitimate things crowd in upon as regards to our parenting and our working out what is the best way for our children. Yet we so often forget that their eternal welfare must be paramount. And to say it should have paramountcy just underplays what it should be.
And so I go back to her tears and I am encouraged. Encouraged to think that she would have so much care and interest in her children. Encouraged that her mind and heart are set on things above. Encouraged by the love she has for her Lord who saved her some nine years again.;
Do your children have a mother like that? Do my children have a father like that? And what of my other connections? Am I so concerned for them that there might be tears of longing desire swelling upon my eyes? Not crocodile tears of course, but tears from a God-centred, Christ devoted heart.
That makes me think that this all comes from a heart set on God. Soi I sut be knowing my God right now. i must be freshly engaged in sweet fellowship with Him. And when my heart starts ticking like His heart i will know the compassion that led Him to weep over Jerusalem and say:
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes (Luke 19:41-42