The labor pains before the childbirth.
The sleepless nights before the promotion.
The hustle before the success.
The risks before the rewards.
The uncertainties before the clarity.
The discomfort before the comfort.
The passion and death before the resurrection.
Today, Jesus reminds us that we may be in pain or anguish now, but lasting joy will always come after. Always.
“When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.” — John 16:21
Whatever you are going through right now, as long as you keep trusting Him and moving forward, your time of lasting joy will come.
Just trust Him. You’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel you are in.