As I was reading in John this morning, I thought about women having babies.
Please read the following verses.
16 “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
17 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?
20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Having seen four sons born and what that put Nancy through, I would not have blamed her for wanting to stop after having one child.
However, as verse 21 says, her pain and discomfort became joy as she held each child.
Jesus told the disciples they would experience grief.
This would be when Jesus gives His life upon a cruel Roman cross.
That grief will turn to joy as Jesus is resurrected from the dead.
As believers, we also have the promise of grief turning into joy. This world brings us much grief.
Heaven will bring us much joy.
Bros and sisters, hang in there.
This world and what we face in it is only a drop in the bucket of eternity. May your pain and grief turn into joy.