They say that,”laughter is the best medicine.” And apparently, science confirms this idea. Giggles and guffaws both can reduce stress by stimulating heart, lungs and muscles. A hearty laugh can increase endorphins released by your brain, giving you that “feel-good feeling.” Have you ever noticed that good relaxed feeling after a big belly laugh? That is because the stress response is fired up then cooled down, increasing heart rate and blood pressure. A good laugh can completely turn around my mood.
Today’s verse is about a woman 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 sometimes 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!