This portion of prophesy describes the oppression the Israelites experienced from other nations, then reminded the people of God’s ultimate justice and restoration. There is so much extreme emotion in this passage—from the pain of childbirth and death to the joy of triumphal defeat and rebirth. God’s work in our world is not mundane. It is not average, or standard. God works magnificently and mysteriously. He calls us from the depths of sorrow to the heights of joy. He desires to restore us from the greatest of desolations to the bounty of His work. May we never take for granted that level of power in our lives.'