Unexpected Snow

This is the 27th day of spring, and yet in Park Rapids, it doesn’t feel that way. People who planted flowers and vegetables when the weather was nice last week are now kicking themselves for their naive optimism. Snow when it is supposed to be warm is expected in autumn, but we were looking forward to more “spring-like” weather.

On a day like today, it seems fitting to quote a proverb from the wisest man ever to walk the earth, inspired by He who is Wisdom. The proverb is Proverb 26:1, which says: “As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.” Proverbs has several categories of people, such as the scorner, the simple, the wicked, the righteous, and the wise and the fool. This proverb tells us that honor does not belong to a fool. One should never heap praise on someone for their foolishness, nor give rewards to foolish acts. It doesn’t belong. We love when an Olympic athlete that has honed her skill performs perfectly. She deserves a gold. Someone who is out of shape and merely lumbers around a track or rolls around a gymnasts mat doesn’t deserve a gold medal.

Giving honor to a fool is as out of place as snow in summer. Now, I know that it is not summer in Park Rapids right now, but this snow was unexpected. However, instead of grumbling and complaining, we ought to see the lessons that God is trying to teach us. Ask yourself these questions: How do we honor foolishness in our lives, or in the lives of others? Do you congratulate yourself on a prideful spirit or an angry response? When you make a bad choice, do you reward yourself with another bad choice? Do you have a friend who acting like a fool, yet you refuse to tell him or her about it?

God gives us instruction in His Word because He knows best how people and the world works. God wants us to be wise in our dealing with ourselves and others, and to reward righteousness. Giving honor to a fool makes as much sense as snow in summer or rain during the harvest-time. It messes up what is supposed to be.

Just like snow on April 16th.