Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col. 3:12)

THE WEATHER WAS BRUTAL. Snow stood in six-foot drifts and the wind whipped viciously, giving the sub-zero temperatures the effect of another forty degrees lower. It was unbearable to be out for even a few minutes without protection from the Arctic blast. On just such a morning, I found myself on a frigid street corner, waiting for a city bus.

Thankfully, many years of living in the north had taught me a few things. The first fact to accept is that you can’t stay locked in because of bad weather. The second lesson is this: layering is essential! Begin with long underwear, follow with soft sweaters, thick socks, and wool slacks, and finish with a warm coat—you learn to build a defense against harsh climates.

Similarly, Scripture teaches us to prepare for challenging circumstances and daily frustrations by being properly clothed. With peace as the foundation, kindness, humility, and patience acting as insulation, and a warm, reliable coat of love over it all, we can successfully weather the storm. The more difficult the situation, the more essential each layer becomes.

We will be challenged, faced with conflict, and hit with unforgiving winds. Remembering what to wear will enable us to withstand the blast and maintain our joyous journey as believers. With preparation, we can come out of our shelters and gather together—regardless of the climate.

Determine how today you can dress in the layers He has given you.

Karon L. Storment lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her husband, Jim. Together they direct Bethany House Ministries.