when the joy is worth the labor

five minute friday: worth

I delivered my firstborn son from my inexperienced, 23 year old body without any pain medications after 4 hours of hard labor. It was absolutely terrifying. But as most first time mothers can attest, the labor was worth the weight of holding that wiggly warm newborn in my arms.

The joy was worth the labor.

We live in much suffering; groaning inwardly as the world bombards us and outwardly as we age. We hurt, we cry and at times we wonder if we will survive it all.

Oh, but the hope to come!

God through Paul makes us this promise in Romans 8, For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

These sufferings, this on-going virus, the earthquakes, the financial instabilities, murder hornets, deadly riots, injustices, loss and all of this pain life carries with it… not one bit of it will be worth comparing with what is to come. We, who are in Christ, have a hope ahead that far, far, farther than that, outweighs these sufferings.

When my tenure here is complete and I step out of this restraining body, the glory to be revealed will cause every bit of pain suffered to pale miserably in comparison. Think about that. Every. Single. Suffering this life has handed you, from the passing headaches to the deep painful injustices and grievous losses, is not even worth comparing against how massive and abundant and outlandish the glory revealed to us will be. Oh the weightiness of that glory!

How do we not then live in great hope and expectation?

With this promise planted in my heart, I can live without the approval of others, without the house I covet, without unrealistic expectations on my relationships. I can live giving generously, with gratitude, hospitality and joy because the hope we have coming far outweighs the approval of others, any material goods and certainly the expectations I have on relationships. In just a minute we will see Him face to face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.


While we wait for that day, we can practice hearing His voice of promise right now. I would love to send you my simple Bible study method Tend: How to Hear the Gardener’s Voice right to your inbox.

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19 thoughts on “when the joy is worth the labor

  1. In the cancer-thing that has gotten so totally dreadful (as of this week, I lack the breath to whitsle…I mean, REALLY????) I don’t think of what’s to come. I was made for this.

    My legacy will be to fight this position so hard that at the end, all the devils in hell will cower at my name, and all the angels in Heaven, and God Himself, will step aside, eyes averted, as another Marine walks home.

    Semper Fi.

    1. I am so sorry, Andrew, for how heavy your struggle is. I am praying for you. So grateful the weight of glory will far outweigh pain here. God bless you.

  2. I am looking foward to my new body in heaven, and hoping may be a little taller 😉 meeting Jesus face to face what a day that will be 😊 fmf #18

  3. This is a beautiful and very encouraging post, Mariel. We need this kind of hope for the future to keep us going when things are difficult. It also (as your 2nd-last paragraph shows) allows us to live more freely and fully in the now.

  4. What a beautiful, encouraging reminder! How easy it is to focus on the here and now. I love the words to that song, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face. And the things of earth will go strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

  5. This is a great perspective! It is easy to get caught up in all that is wrong in the world instead of looking beyond it to focus on God’s glory.

    1. Oh absolutely, Leslie! The wrong things are so distracting, aren’t they? But what a grace when the Lord helps us see from His perspective.

  6. Mariel, this was such an an encouraging reminder. Yes! The joy outweighed the pain thus making it all worth it. Blessings!

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