How happy are you today? Does laughter fill your home?
Sometimes, I am tempted to base my happiness on what is 'happening' to me or my people. I am happy when things are going my way, but I am sad and frustrated when circumstances are not as I wished them to be. Can you relate?
However, Proverbs 31:25 reads, "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." So, how do we find our 'laugh' when life is hard?
Tessa Thompson, a guest post on Desiring God, says it this way.
"How, then, does a godly woman go on smiling — laughing, even — when she reaches that inevitable moment of weakness, realizing that the painful present, and most certainly the unknown future, are outside of her control?
She laughs like her Father.
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. (Psalm 2:2–4)
God laughs at his enemies because he knows who he is. And his daughter laughs at her trials, both known and unknown, because she, too, knows her God. A godly, faith-filled laughter comes not from a woman who is solely confident in her perseverance or courageous in her prayers; rather, this laughter comes from a woman who is sound in her theology and thus satisfied in God’s sovereignty. It’s a laughter that comes not from a prideful, self-trusting attempt to let nothing stand in her way; rather, it’s a humble, God-trusting laughter that steps out of the way in quiet submission and hope.
“Blessed are all those who take refuge in him,” the psalmist concludes (Psalm 2:12). In other words, happy — smiling, laughing — are those, not who secure for themselves a life free of trials, but who find themselves securely resting in the arms of him who has the power to sustain and protect his beloved, even in the midst of trials. Their joy and peace come not from changing circumstances, but the steadfastness of their unchanging God." (Click Here for her full article.)
I am learning that happiness does not come from what is happening around me. My joy is from the Lord. He is my strength. I can laugh like my Heavenly Father.
If you are looking for your joy, be remaindered that you can learn to laugh at the future.
Colleen is a beautiful example. Though she is fighting for her life, she knows how to live with joy even when life is hard. She can smile at the days to come because she has found strength in the Lord. She has even learned to share this laugher with her loved ones. Listen to her story below. You will be encouraged.
Friends, let's laugh at the days to come!