A baby’s giggle is one of my favorite sounds. It’s like a fountain of joy that splashes everyone within earshot. It’s a frolicking expression of not-a-care-in-the-world peace. When I hear it, I can’t help but laugh too.
How much more must God enjoy the sound of His children’s laughter! It’s evidence that we’re not worried about what tomorrow might bring. We’re not exhausted by the weight of shame or guilt. We’re not haunted by fear, soured by ingratitude, or stuck in the comparison trap. We’re free. Unhindered. All is well with our souls and it shows.
How is it possible to live like this? By understanding who God is and walking in that truth.
Perhaps that’s how the woman described in Proverbs 31 was able to clothe herself in strength and dignity and laugh with no fear of the future (Proverbs 31:25). She knew God had planned her future before she was born therefore she didn’t waste negative energy fretting about it or trying to shape it into what she wanted it to be. Even if her circumstances took an unexpected turn, she knew God’s sovereignty and wisdom would lead to His desired outcome.
Laughter is the outward evidence of inner freedom, and that freedom comes from an ever-deepening love relationship with our heavenly Father. May we, His children, reflect pure, unfeigned joy and peace as a result of knowing the truth about His character and intent toward us. And may our joy bring Him delight.