Laughing at our Fears

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come (Proverbs 31:25).

One of the things I love most about my husband is the way he would encourage our children to laugh at the very things they were afraid of.  He referred to their fears as “fret flies.”

When our daughter was very young, he challenged her to conquer her fear of riding ferris wheels.  With Daddy cheering her on, she was overjoyed to finally defeat another “fret fly!”

I’m glad David is not a worrier.  But that doesn’t mean he’s unaware of danger.  He just doesn’t overthink imaginary scenarios. What’s more, he doesn’t spend needless energy looking back at the “if onlys” or ahead to the “what ifs” of life.

Like any pastor, he’s had to deal with all kinds of tragedies and emergencies throughout our years of ministry.  But I’ve seen firsthand how his faith has strengthened him.  I’ve often told him that the greatest gift he has to give others is his faith. And sometimes his laughter!

David is right.  It is incredibly liberating to laugh in the face of fear. Laughter is a healthy way to lighten up.  I wonder if the secret is to have such strong faith in the Lord that we can laugh at our fears.  We may discover greater joy than we ever thought possible when we conquer our fret flies!

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