“The Next Teardrop”

Several years ago a Mexican-American country musician named Baldemar Huerta, a.k.a. Freddy Fender, had a huge hit with a ballad called—BEFORE THE NEXT TEARDROP FALLS.  It had a very catchy melody with a poignant message.  It was one of the highest rated records ever sung bilingually.  One of the stanzas said, “If he ever breaks your heart, if a teardrop ever starts, I’ll be there before the next teardrop falls.”  Another said, “I’ll be there anytime you need me by your side to drive away every teardrop that you cried.”

Even though these words evoke strong feelings in anyone who has ever been in that situation, how much stronger they become between a Christian and one’s God.  He tells us in the Old and New Testaments, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Dt 31:6) (Heb 13:5)  Jesus longed to take His people in His arms as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. (Mt 23:37)

We have a God who knows our thoughts before they ever become words or actions. (Lk 7:39-46) Yet Jesus understood the human heart and the emotions that produce tears and He demonstrated this at Lazarus’ tomb. (Jo 11:33-35)  He defended a weeping, sinful woman whom others rejected and distained. (Lk 7:36-47) There are many other scriptures in which Jesus shows his compassion for the heartbroken. (Mt 14:14) (Mt 15:32) (Mk 1:41) (Jas 5:11) 

The ones that resonate most with me are those that tell us that God will actually reach out and wipe away every tear from our eyes. (Rev 7:17) (Rev 21:3-4) God is called the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.  We are given a heavenly model so that we can pass that comfort on to those in trouble. (2 Cor 1:3-4)

                                                                       –Jim Bailey