Micah uses the simile "...like a woman in labor..." to describe something. We want to determine what he means by using this symbol. Before we try to draw a conclusion -- and before you read the passages listed in this question, brainstorm some aspects about being in labor that are both pleasant and unpleasant.
Pleasant things about being in labor:
Unpleasant things about being in labor:
Once you feel you have an objective view of being in labor, read Micah 4:9-10, 5:3. What are your thoughts on these passages?