spilled-milkA few years ago, I went through a very dark time. I cried a lot. I can’t recall ever crying as much as I did then. It was comforting to know that despite the pain causing the tears…God was collecting every one of them in a bottle (Psalm 56).  There’s an old adage, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” Basically, it means don’t be upset about making a mistake, since you cannot change that now. Admittedly, I had made some mistakes to cause all those tears, but I was also not to be held totally responsible. I learned that sometimes, we DO have to cry over spilled milk. It’s a natural reaction when there is pain and regret. And to suppress the crying is just as preposterous as actually spilling a glass of milk and acting like you didn’t. So if it hurts, if you regret it–as you work through it–it’s ok to cry. But if I could add to this idiom, I’d say, “but also clean up what you spilled.” At some point, we have to clean up the milk. And at some point, we have to stop crying and begin the clean up of our pain. Trust me, neither one is fun. But both are necessary. And the God who was with you before the milk spilled, is the God who is with you while you cry over it, is with you as you clean it up. You’re not alone. And you got this.

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