The miracle of pregnancy came to mind as I meditated for this Daily Recharge. From conception to eight months, the woman experiences changes that signify the miracle inside her body – morning sickness, weight gain, appetite changes, etc. The ninth month, however, produces the most clear sign of what’s about to happen – pain. The pre-birth contractions are often so painful that the woman may wish she wasn’t pregnant. But if she envisions the finish line – new life – she’ll press through the pain!
That’s how JESUS navigated excruciating pain in this text. HIS agony was so severe that HE, after putting HIS hand to the plow and vowing to persevere, had second thoughts. This experience was so painful that HE felt like dying, and HE asked GOD for clemency, “MY FATHER, if there’s anyway, relieve ME of my suffering.” Somehow JESUS fixed HIS mind on the finish line – HIS resurrection, our salvation, and Satan’s defeat – and this inspired HIM to press through the pain. No wonder we find these words so encouraging: “… Because of the joy awaiting HIM, HE endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now HE is seated in the place of honor beside GOD’S throne” (Hebrews 12:1-3, New Living Translation).
This recharge is a reminder that your finish line is near. The pain you’re experiencing is confirmation of the blessing forthcoming. Just hang in there; I promise, you won’t regret it!
The finish line is near. Why quit now?