I remember a particularly cold day in January when I was in the 7th grade. We lived in a town where there was no bus service for school, so we had to walk. The temperature outside was 20 below zero, with a windchill of 50 below. This could have been any random number of days in my Junior High school years. But, I remember this particular day because it was picture day for the yearbook. Stupid day for pictures.
Like any other vain 7th grader, I wanted my hair (I had some then) to look good for the pictures, so a hat or hood was out of the question. I remember getting to school, which was about a 15-minute walk and having no feeling in my face or my ears. Thank God my hair was long enough to cover my ears for my pictures; they were beet red. I’ll tell you – my ears burned for days afterward.
I remember my dad saying something to the effect of “maybe you’ll learn to respect the cold.” Some times we have to yield to the season. We have to adjust to the things we can’t control.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw
The hope in every season of our lives is that we can learn something. Learning helps bring benefits out of the most painful season. To this day, I keep a hat and gloves in my truck. Even in Nashville, Tennessee, there are a few winter days that I am reminded to respect the cold. Because when my ears get cold, I can still feel a sting of pain in them. A lesson learned so many years ago in the winter season.
Join me in this season of learning. As we observe the lessons of winter apply them to your heart. There’s nothing like throbbing red ears to learn the value of a hat.
Kevin Dixon is the Executive Pastor at Journey Church in Brentwood, TN. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield IL.
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