John 16:20-22 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”
AMEN! To me this passage is a reminder from Jesus that our current sorrow will turn into great joy when we are able to one day meet our Heavenly Father. We also know that Christ will come again and all sorrow will be washed away from this world. Our lamenting will turn into joyful dancing and singing as we praise the One who has saved us. What hits home specifically for me right now as I am preparing for the coming of my second child, is the analogy above in the passage about a woman giving birth. Having gone through this once already I know the sorrow and anguish He speaks of during the delivery, but what He shares next is also true – “but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” This couldn’t be more relatable for me right now and something I fully agree with. Those incredibly difficult moments where you almost feel like you cannot go on, are nothing in comparison to the joy your new baby brings you not only immediately, but for the rest of your life. Our current hurts and struggles are worth the joy that is to come, friends. I pray that we all can rest in that truth today.