It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. (John 16:21-22)
Relate: I have never been pregnant. I never will be pregnant. Thank God I am a man. There are unique and extremely different pains and privileges specific to each gender and pregnancy… that is you women’s pain. We men don’t get off scot free, though. Nope. We alone have the opportunity to experience the horrendous pain that is kidney stones. Yes I know women can get kidney stones too, but the exit doors are not the same. I am not here argue which experience: pregnancy or passing a stone, is more painful. I will just say that most women get that epidural as quickly as possible while we men must suffer the passing.
The thing that ultimately tips the scales towards men having the worse experience is the end result. Once a woman’s suffering is done, she gets to hold in her arms a beautiful new life. Once the man’s suffering is done… Seriously? That’s it? The bane of my existence is, that? This little thing is what has been causing all that trouble? I have passed a kidney stone. Never again. Somebody kill me first.
React: Her anguish gives way to joy. Jesus was a man and he almost certainly passed a stone. After all scripture says, He knows our sufferings and there is only one way to know… Anyways, that illustration would not work for describing the suffering of this world because in the end nothing good comes of it. For the believer, our suffering is far more like pregnancy. Though there is pain in the moment, in the end it will be far more than worth it all. Spiritual kidney stones… those are the exclusive property of the unbeliever.
Although, when going through it, I wish You would do away with pain altogether. Even knowing how empty and shallow and superficial it would make life, sometimes I wish suffering simply did not exist. But it does. For whatever reason, You allow it. Help me to understand that even though I might not know the reason in the moment, that there is a reason in the end. Though I experience pain now, new life is right around the corner.