Photo by Irish_Eyes on Morgue File.
The past two days have been unseasonably cool where I live. The days just prior to this cool-down were hot and humid. Hot and humid is what we are accustomed to here at the end of May and the first of June. Summers are notoriously hot and the humidity sticks to you like molasses.
But, for two days now, we have been given a reprieve from the hot temps. It has felt like late Fall: with cool, stirring breezes and a noticeable nip in the air.
People have put away their summer wear (shorts, tees and sandals) and dug again into the back of the closet for their long-sleeves and jackets! Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again in short sleeves . . . !
I’ve been thinking about this cool down (which will not last long). I personally enjoy it. I am a cooler weather sort of guy; so, the past two days for me have been refreshing and enjoyable. I think it should be the norm for weather patterns. You have several days of hot, scorching days followed by two or three cool, nippy days.
Unfortunately, the weather does not work like my thermostat at home.
As I’ve thought about these cooler days, it caused me to think about how God often works in our lives. There are times when life is just hot and humid. There are times when the well runs dangerously dry and we feel we are parched for water. The summers of life blast us with heat and arid conditions. We feel as though all the earth is one gigantic dry-cracked landscape of desert.
And then, just when we need it most, God graces us with a respite. He allows a gentle, cooling breeze to blow into our lives that brings comfort and relief. He sends the showers to rain down upon us to spring to life the seeds that have been planted and need to grow.
God’s Spirit showers us with his grace and goodness and we once again can breathe: breathe in crisp, fresh air instead of the dry dust of summer’s languishing effects.
We, like the children of Israel, find ourselves wandering in the dry wilderness, thirsty and hot and God leads us to the rock bursting open with water.
Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman at the well are a great comfort when we find ourselves in those dry and hot times in life. When we are frantic and rushing about, just trying to keep up with life. When we are serving and sacrificing, meeting the responsibilities of family and marching on in our career.
The heat of life sometimes can be unbearable. It can be as cruel and unrelenting as the sun in the Sahara. It can melt and bake us until we are nothing more than dust.
Yet, Jesus told the woman at the well that day, and he tells us,
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4.13-14, NIV)
Life can be draining. It can zap us of all energy and joy. It can cause us to trod slowly with hunched shoulders and weary gaze, instead of striding along confidently in the power of Christ. It can cause us to be parched and famished, instead of being nourished by the Bread of Life and sated by the One who is Living Water.
I am thankful that God’s grace will come upon us during those times and sovereignly slow us down and make us rest. He puts the bread in our mouth and brings the water to our lips and says, Rest, eat and drink deeply.
So, on those days when it is unseasonably cool, when the nip is biting in the air . . . remember the grace of God and take time to cool down and rest at the Eternal Fountain!