The story of Samson (the strong guy with the long hair in Judges 13) begins: There once was a man from Zorah. His wife was barren and childless. But the angel of the Lord came to her and said, “I know that you are barren and childless, but you’re going to become pregnant and bear a son.” (Judges 13:2-3)
And the woman said to her husband, Guess what!? I’m pregnant and it’s a boy!
Then the man prayed to God.
And God listened to him.
Then the man asked the angel.
And the angel answered him.
Then the man and his wife fell facedown and worshipped.
“Terror laced with glory.”
Like the man and his wife, God knows that we are [barren, lonely, angry, tired, despairing, hurting . . .].
But we’re going to become hopeful, faithful, joy-filled, worshippers.