After Travail Comes Joy

John 16:21-22.

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

After the pain comes peace, joy, and anticipation. If course not all births have such good outcomes, and there is great emotional disappointment, pain and loss. But there won’t be any sorrow when Jesus returns. It will be all joy, and even the memories of sorrow will be removed.

I had four healthy babies, four normal pregnancies and deliveries, so I can easily identify with this example that Jesus used. The labor is hard, the pain is overwhelming; but after the delivery, the joy is intense. So it will be for the disciples until they see Jesus again. So it will be for us when we see Him. The longer I live, the more I look forward to the day when He comes to take His saints to heaven! There will be “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8).

And the best part? It will be permanent. No one can take that joy from us, ever.

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