“She laughs without fear of the future.” ~Proverbs 31:23
Lately I have been dwelling on the verse in Proverbs 31 that states, “She laughs without fear of the future.” This verse hits me hard in this season of Thanksgiving. 2017 has been extremely hard for me health wise. In 2016. I remember praying that 2017 be the year of healing and restoration. While that hadn’t happened in the way I imagined, the Lord has brought healing in multiple ways.
Yes, I am still sick and physically worse than one year ago.
Yes, I am on Hospice and could realistically meet Jesus in Heaven sooner rather than later.
Yes, there are many hard days and ugly cries.
Yes, most importantly Jesus is bigger than all these things — Jesus is my life. Without Him I would be lost without hope so these are some things I’m thankful for that overcomes any hardship I’ve previously mentioned and any hardship experienced in the future —
Jesus holds me and comforts me through the pain. He provides exactly what I need to get through every minute of every day.
Jesus knows my life span. He knew the day I would be born and also knows the day I will die. No matter the circumstances, or how hopeless things may seem, I will not leave this earth one minute before my time. Jesus was completely in control yesterday, today, and forever. No sickness or hard circumstance changes that truth.
Jesus knows my joys and the sorrows the Lord is always near. He knows and understand my heartaches and binds up my broken heart.
Jesus will always give me the joy and peace and the ability I need to laugh at the future with each new day. However, most days when I wake up that is impossible in my own strength but I’m thankful to serve a God who makes the impossible possible. I have to die to self every day and surrender to Him in order to have the attitude I need to get through every moment. Have I failed at this? Yes, many times, but when I let God carry me and not hold on so tight to self and my desires, my days are much better. My circumstances may not change but my ability to hope and laugh about today and not worry about my future takes a load off my already tired body. This allows me to live with freedom and not fear.
Surrendering to Jesus helps me live in freedom, not fear, and gives me the ability and the joy to laugh at the future. There is nothing better than that.
No matter the season of life you are in or what you are facing, surrender to Jesus and allow Him to lighten the load and give you a renewed sense of joy. I promise it will be worth it.