Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs at the days to come.
I chose the second half of this verse from Proverbs as the title for this blog for two reasons: 1) using the entire verse would make for an impractical title and 2) at this time in my life, I really need to be reminded to laugh at the days to come.
I love this verse because it speaks of a woman who embodies qualities that are lacking in today’s general society*: strength, dignity, modesty and trust. I could go into specific detail regarding each of these, but I will try to keep things short and simple.
I am blessed to know men and women of strength, not physical but spiritual: people who have a backbone and are not afraid to stand up for the Truth in these days where relativism runs rampant. But every day we see people fold under pressure to accommodate those whose beliefs contradict the Truth so as not to offend. Where is the strength in that?
I learned at an early age to appreciate the dignity of all human life. The challenge now is living my life with dignity. Every where I turn I see attacks on the dignity of the human person, ranging from abortion to disrespectful speech. For the last year or so, I have been scratching the surface of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. I was thrilled to find my convictions were supported by what I was learning, though my convictions are only a small fraction of vast richness of the Theology of the Body. The more I learn, the more I am invigorated to remind those around me of the dignity of all life.
Modesty is not an easy topic. There are so many opinions and variables when it comes to what is modest and what is not. This verse reminds us that modesty is more than physical clothing. We are to be clothed in strength and dignity. There is a lot to be said in how one carries oneself. In the modesty debates, we should not only be concerned with the styles and fashions we put on, but also the virtues that clothe us.
And finally, trust. This is the part that I struggle with the most. I admit it: I am an over-analyzer. I worry and fret about many decisions or situations, real or hypothetical, though not to a point that it hinders my everyday life (unless there is a tornado watch). Learning to laugh at the days to come has stretched me beyond what I thought possible. It requires a lot from me. I have to give up control of the future and submit to God’s plan. I have to surrender my dreams and wishes, trusting and hoping that God’s will for my life is more that I could ever imagine. I have to live in the present moment clinging to the promises of God (Psalm 37).
Again, so much of this is contrary to what secular society teaches: living IN the moment not FOR the moment; trusting in God, not ourselves; having hope that is founded in Truth with a capital T, not hope in empty promises that some have the audacity to believe in; and that is what I love about this verse. Being Catholic has taught me to embrace the paradox and mystery of our Faith.
Even though Proverbs 31:25 is only a small portion of the Christian life, it has been a major influence in my life. I try to keep this in the forefront of my mind, but am in need of reminding now and again. The name of this blog will no doubt serve as a reminder to me and hopefully you as well, reader, to live each day clothed in strength and dignity and laughing at days to come!
*Disclaimer: I am speaking of mainstream society. I know there are many who are also striving to attain these basic Christian virtues, but society as a whole leans toward the immmoral.)