spilled-milkA few years ago, I went through a very difficult time. I cried a lot. I can’t recall ever crying as much as I did then. It was comforting to know that God was collecting every one of those tears in a bottle (Psalm 56).  It made the tears have value. It made them matter as they fell. 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 it now. Admittedly, I had my part in causing those tears, but so were a few others.  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 spilling a glass of milk and acting like you didn’t. So if it hurts–as you work through it–it’s ok to cry. But if I could add one line to the idiom, I’d say, “also clean up what you spilled.”  At some point, we have to stop crying and begin the clean up of our pain. Neither spilling or cleaning is fun…both are necessary. And God, who was with you when the milk spilled, is with you while you cry over it, will be with you as you clean it up. Today, yesterday, and always.

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