Laughing at the Days to Come
By Megan Lacourrege
Last year, I had the chance to hear a moving testimony by Kylie Bisutti. A former model, Kylie won Victoria Secret’s Angel Search in 2009. Even at the height of her success, she felt more insecure than ever. The pressure of seeming picture-perfect didn’t make her happy. She committed to leaving the industry in favor of becoming “a Proverbs 31 wife” out of love for her husband Mike.
I was thinking about her presentation recently and Proverbs 31. One line of that proverb has always stuck out to me: “She laughs at the days to come.”
With so much uncertainty and suffering in the world right now, there’s little that seems laughable to me, so this suggestion seemed pretty unreasonable at first glance. For some days, I allowed myself to mull over the passage, and, in that time, I came to a better understanding.
Faith is believing what God says is true. If God says that he is with us and that we shouldn’t worry, then we should believe it. This world weighs us down with so much sin and pain that we can begin to live as though we are subject to those things. But we don’t need to be as long as we are subject to God.
The Proverbs 31 wife is just that: subject to God. With humility, she’s able to live each day in freedom from the need to control the future. Fear, anxiety and stress don’t rule her. She takes pressure off of herself and fully relies on God’s providence.
I’m not quite at that point yet. Some days I’m just able to smirk at the days to come. Maybe asking the Holy Spirit to help us every day can make the biggest impact in gaining this virtue. If the Holy Spirit can give courage to Kylie to do something so difficult, I know he can help me, too.