“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)
This verse meant a lot to me while we were preparing to move to South Carolina. Everything was unknown to us. We didn’t know a single person, we hadn’t seen the apartment we’d be living in, and we would be 3,000 miles away from family.
Women have embarked on more intimidating journeys. Still, I’d hardly describe myself as “adventurous,” so excitedly accepting major change took some serious prayer. Like earlier major changes in my life, God gave me grace in the form of naiveté. While I normally over-think day to day decisions, I tend to jump in with both feet when a change so sweeping comes my way, not fully grasping the decision’s implications until later.
I find myself cherishing this verse again when I consider the many unknowns around having a family. We don’t have any imminent plans, but I’m trying to get my mind around the idea.
If you tend to be anxious about the future, and we all do sometimes, take comfort in this: God gave you the ability to “smile at the future,” as this verse is translated in another version. Fear and anxiety can devour our dreams and deter us from the plans God has for us. Or we can look toward the future with a smile.
What would it look like for you to “laugh” at some future time that currently makes you anxious?