Molly just busted her lip. She buried her face in my shoulder as she cried. I held her for a few moments, offering the comfort of a good snuggle. Then I lifted her chin and wiped the tears from her eyes. She sniffled, smiled, and then off she went, all better.
Do you ever wish God could physically comfort you? I mean, I know He sends people to love on us, and He has given us His Spirit as our Comforter. I don’t mean to diminish the importance of that – but I mean an ACTUAL HUG FROM GOD. (Anyone? Anyone?…) Most days, I could really use an actual arm-around-the-shoulder, snuggle-in-close from God.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Typically, when I read that verse from Revelation or hear it quoted, I think of how much I look forward to having all my tears wiped away — all our tears, death, mourning, crying, and pain. All the brokenness of this world and the pain we endure, wiped away for all time. How anxious I feel sometimes, to finally receive that, once and for all!!
But this morning with my daughter, offering comfort and physically wiping the tears from her eyes, I can’t help but picture God running to me when I arrive in heaven, wrapping me in an enormous hug, and wiping the tears from my eyes. Finally able to OFFER comfort, FACE TO FACE. I wonder if, as much as I grieve that I can’t feel God Himself physically comfort me in my pain, my disappointment, my bumps and bruises – I wonder if He grieves that as well? What an intimate, loving act – to touch hand to face and wipe away the tears.
Oh, how I believe He longs to welcome us home where, finally, He can usher us in, out of this stormy, broken world. And touch each face. Wipe every tear. I do believe He is more excited for that day than we could possibly imagine.