tearsWhat is one of the most precious things on earth?  It’s something that everyone has, though some more than others.  It’s so precious that it crosses the barrier between heaven and earth.  Very few things can do that.  But this can.  It’s so precious that it’s harvested by heaven daily.

I’m convinced that tears are one of the most precious things on earth.  God, our Creator, Sustainer, and Judge, knows our world the best.  He has scoured this planet, from core to crust.  He knows everything about it.  He knows its vast minerals and vivacious materials.  He’s knows the beauty of every sunset and canyon, because he made them.  He has seen every single star from every single angle, billions upon billions of them.  He’s fabricated every snow flake and foreseen every invention that we’ll ever create.  He knows them all.  He knows every kiss, performance, and embrace.

And the only thing that impresses him is our tears. 

It’s one of the few things that make it through the barrier to the other side.

Psalm 56:8 says, “You have kept count of my tossings, put my tears in your bottle.”  Our tears are transacted between earth and heaven.  God collects what we discharge.  He keeps them in a bottle, for that’s how precious they are.

Your tears may be one of the most precious things about you.


Charles Spurgeon wrote that our tears are the “diamonds of heaven.”  But how can this be?

According to the Natural History Museum, “Diamonds are crystals of pure carbon that form under crushing pressures and intense heat.”[1]  This sounds a lot like what the Bible teaches about our tears and trials, “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it” (2  Cor. 1:8).

We are the pure carbon, crushed under the pressures and intense heat of life.  Our tears turn into the diamonds of heaven.

That’s why they are so valuable to God.

God does not bottle your accomplishments.  God does not collect your achievements.  He does not rake in your resume.  He does not go after your gifts.  He does not purchase your popularity.  He doesn’t bag your innocence or bravery.  He harvests your tears.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh” (Lk. 6:21).

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).

The great pressures of this earth turn our tears into the diamonds of heaven. 



[1] http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/earth/rock-minerals/diamonds/diamond-formation.


Chris Elliot

I had the privilege of talking with Chris Elliot, who is the Radio Producer from the Light and Life show in Sydney.  Light and Life is produced by the Salvation Army of Australia.  Thanks Chris for your work and the great interview!  Click the player below to listen.

Soul Tattoo on 89.3 FM

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I was grateful for the opportunity to talk with Tommy Briggs from Yes FM radio in Toledo, Ohio on October 17.