In the days of early television when everything was live, there was no need for any kind of canned or prerecorded laughter. But later that instant feedback was lacking. The solution became the laugh track. The mixing of prerecorded laughs included the housewife giggles, the belly laugh, and the guy who gets the joke early. For years the laugh track was used and over used. Thankfully, it is now not as prominent. Along with many others I find the sound fake, distracting and an annoying intrusion.
Today’s verse is about someone who laughs at the future. This woman is clothed with strength and dignity as she lives her life with wisdom (vs.26). She works vigorously (vs. 17) and she is not idle (vs. 27). The public praises her because of her works (vs. 31) and more importantly she is praised by her children and husband (vs. 28). But what is most surprising about this “super woman” is that she laughs at the days to come. Her heart is light because she fears the Lord (vs. 30).
My tendency is to fear rather than laugh at the future. I do not know what changes may be in store for our country or personally for my life. Rather than have a light heart, I often have this vague disquiet about what lies ahead. But when my heart is steadfast and trusting in His power and sovereignty, than I do not fear bad news (Ps. 112:7). How much better to laugh at the future and fear God than to fear the future and laugh at the idea of God’s control! He is directing it all and because that is true, I can be glad.
Thank you Lord, for Your loving control of my future!