Holding on to God

May 2, 2008

“…A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world…” (John 16:21)

Fourteen agonizing hours! 

My wife was in labor that long before they finally decided to do a CS operation to get our baby out. Throughout the entire ordeal, I saw her at her worst — screaming, kicking, gasping for air, in tears. 

Hours later, when Robelle, our first born, was brought to her arms by the attending physician, my wife’s tears of pain became tears of joy. This time I saw her at her best — the radiance of her smile, the glimmer in her eyes, the glow on her face. She was, I believe, at her most beautiful.

This was in November 20, 2004, the day we became parents for the first time.

I can’t help remembering that day as I read through the Gospel today. One line there says:

“…A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world…” (John 16:21)

For indeed, that was what happened to us that day. Somehow, after fourteen hours of pain and panic, came the overwhelming and unexplainable peace and joy of becoming parents to a beautiful baby girl.

Can this be said about life in general? For those who hold on to Jesus and the promises of God, I believe so, yes.

But not for all.

Because of free will, others choose to hold on to things other than God in their lifetime, and which they carry with them all the way to their graves. Some die with a beer bottle tightly clasped in their hands. Or a drug-inducing syringe. Others, it’s their earthly trophies and awards. For many, it’s their bank books. And unless the cross is triumphantly held in their other hand, many of these people will live and die in sorrow.

How about you? What challenges are you going through now in your life? Financial? Health? Death of a loved one?

Friend, I exhort you to hold on to Jesus and His promises. Never let go. Strengthen your grip of your faith. And let God come through for you.

For those who trust in Him will never be disappointed. And in time, your overwhelming sorrow will turn to indescribable joy.

I remain, in Christ,

Bobby Q.

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