13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
Working Up a Sweat
I was born in upstate New York, so I know some things about snow.
I was raised in central Illinois, so I know some things about harvest time.
I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, so I know some things about wanting some of that snow again!
I have worked in corn and soybean fields in the middle of summer. I have also done many different things outside during the summer in Phoenix. They can be very hot and demanding on the body. It is the kind of thing where you long for a just a moment of snowfall to get relief from the heat and exhaustion.
It is kind of like getting a hold of some ice-cold water in the middle of those days, but it cools the entire body.
Refreshing the Soul
Whether a sinner far from God or the godliest saint alive, we all go through times when life just seems too much.
It feels like it has been forever since we have found encouragement, spent time with friends, had a fulfilling day at work, or just a day off.
Having that one person who comes along and says just the right thing, hangs out with you, makes your work feel worth it or helps you get through the worst part of your work, or takes a shift for you can feel like that sudden snow at the end of a late, hot summer day.
Likewise, when the weight of this world weighs heavy on your shoulders, that person who shares the gospel or a word of encouragement from God can be just as refreshing.
It is the One who literally took on the weight of the world on His shoulders coming into your heart and lifting it up.
It is so refreshing knowing the Lord of Creation and Lover of your soul is there with you.
Dear Father, grant us peace throughout our days and in our troubles. Help us to rely on You. Help us to carry your refreshing grace to our tired and burdened world.