Color me odd, but I have always found great comfort in this scripture. There have been so many painful chapters in my life—times when I thought the anguish would never end. But then God revealed a purpose in the pain: greater empathy, renewed faith, deeper belief in God’s strength to carry me through. I don’t know of anyone who looks forward to pain, but when we believe in God, we can take heart that joy will one day emerge from the throes of labor pain. He uses everything for our good and His glory.