You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. Psalm 56:8 NLT
They are bottled up on the cabinet, snuggled on the shelf, and frolicking on the floor, but none are doing what they were initially designed to do.
Old bottles are one of my passions. I don’t go out of my way to find or collect them, but when I come across one at a decent price, I snatch it up. Many in my collection were given to me by people who saw no purpose in having them, and others I’ve bought at discount prices from store owners who didn’t know their true worth. They range from soda bottles to medicine bottles to milk bottles and everything in between, but they all have one thing in common: they’re empty.
None of my bottles are filled with their original contents, nor are they presently being used for their initial purpose. The beauty is now in their historical significance and the unique designs and raised markings they display. I could bottle them up with something—water if nothing more—but they still wouldn’t fulfill their earlier purpose. They serve merely as reminders.
The psalmist was discouraged. Enemy troops tracked him, slanderers stalked him, spies spied on him, and his emotions raged. Appealing to God helped calm his nerves. He reminded himself that God took notice of his situation and could bottle up his fears, disappointments, and sorrows.
Whatever was stored initially in my bottles could be uncorked or uncapped and poured down the recipient’s throat. Pleasure or relief from pain resulted. God can take sorrow, discouragement, and disappointment and bottle them up. But He seals them so tightly no one can release them again.
Life can be overwhelming. Sin taints the world so thoroughly that the results are bound to touch our lives repeatedly until we die. A range of emotions result when they do. Feelings that can lead us in unhealthy directions unless we remember God hasn’t abandoned us.
When I feel overcome with peace-destroying emotions and thoughts, I look at my empty bottles and ask God to do what the psalmist did—bottle them up. Seal them tightly. Cork them completely. And then I ask Him to help me to see clearly what I can glean from the confined contents.
What are some things that are overwhelming you? Ask God to bottle up the things that baffle you.
Father, I thank You that I can come to You with my petitions and pains and count on You to bottle them up so I can live with peace and purpose.
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