I know I am always saying this is my favourite bible verse, or that is my favourite bible verse. But this truly is one of my favourites. It is found in the final chapter of Proverbs. The one all about the perfect wife. All of the many many things she does; wakes up early, sells linens, buys fields. looks after the children etc. etc. She must be exhausted! And yet this little verse is tucked in there.
She laughs at the days to come.
She is not worried. She is not preoccupied with all the things she has to do tomorrow.
She looks to the future, and she laughs.
She doesn’t take herself too seriously. She doesn’t take life too seriously. She laughs. What joy she must know to be able to just laugh.
What faith she must have in her Father, in her God, to not worry. To be like the birds and the flowers and not worry about the future. Not worry about what she will eat, or drink, or anything else. To know that all, things, in comparison to knowing her God, really are not worth worrying about. This is true joy, this is a joy that can only come from God. To be able to laugh at the days to come.
A miserable woman would not be able to laugh at the future. But a woman who knows, who truly knows that the joy of the Lord is her strength. She can look to the future, and not only smile, but laugh.