I have a wonderful "treasure and memory box" in my closet. It holds past birthday, anniversary and get well wishes along with small gifts made and given by the tiny hands of my grandchildren.
To me it holds not only treasures and memories, but this box is filled with the love of those I care so much for. When I am lonely or when I am missing my loved ones, I go to my box and read the wonderful cards and enjoy the precious coloring pages made just for me.
I know everything that is in my box and exactly who its from and when they gave it to me. To many, this box is just "stuff", but to me it holds all the love in the world. No diamonds, no riches... nothing could compare, equal or replace the love in my memory box!
Why I even have... "little white stones" that my granddaughter gave me when she was only a tiny tot. She would come for a visit and ask to go outside... there by the pool, she would stoop down to pick up the "little white stones," clench them tightly in her hand and say, "Nauna, these are for you!" Then she would put her hand in mine, as she left the "treasures of her heart" with me.
And, so it is with God's record of love... as He chronicles the lives of those He holds closely. Christ Jesus keeps our joyful times... as well as our testings, close to His heart.
God very gently bottles the tears and somberly records them in His ledger. God's heart is deeply touched by the pain and the misery He sees! His love reaches out to hold close... that which hurts us and He keeps a journal of our pain, while He bottles our tears.
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15
Just as you or I hold onto the things that bring sweet memories, our Jesus... our High Priest who has complete and ready access to God our Father, holds our lives close to His heart! God is not out of touch with what we go through... He knows our realities.
Jesus, himself has been through all our weakness' and testings! He has experienced it all... all but the sin! So, we can run to Him with our pain and with all the hurt... including all our tears!! He is waiting to hold us...to care for us... and to bring His mercy into our exact situation!
If I can completely love and treasure, "little white stones" from a child. Think of the love of our Savior who died for the children He so dearly loved!
There is no need to go it alone! Jesus is there for us and He longs to help us right where we are!
Will you open your heart to the one who cares for it?