John 16:21–24 (ESV)
Your Sorrow Will Turn To Joy (Part 2)
21When 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. 22So
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. 23In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my
name, he will give it to you. 24Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
remember the days that my three children were born. I remember the pain my bride went through. I always joked that the babies didn’t hurt me a bit, but that is not true. It hurt to see what my wife went through. On one occasion,
I did experience pain. She was having a really bad time and she grabbed ahold of my hair. It was a death grip and she couldn’t let go. The pain subsided and she was able to let go. But each time, I asked my wife if she was ready
to have another. She smiled while holding the baby and said give me a week. Her pain had turned to joy. I love this example that Jesus gave us, because it is very real to my wife and me. To bring this into perspective, life here on
earth will be full of trials, pains, sorrows and set-backs. But when we get to heaven, our joy will be complete.
I pray: O Lord, I know that there
are many trials here on earth. The Devil is always searching for ways to trip me up. The sinfulness of the world brings a lot of sorrow. Help me to keep my eyes on you as you guide me through this world. My joy will be complete when
I see you face to face. Amen.