So…this morning I purposely slept late. It’s icy. It’s cold as a well digger’s toe. Schools are closed. We have bread and milk. Enough said. My mind flashes to the movie A Christmas Story when the little boy’s tongue gets frozen to the pole.
When my friend Kenny was younger, he worked at Subway. Keep in mind, he was a young adult, not a child. He decided he wanted to find out, for himself, if one’s tongue would really stick to something frozen. I know what you’re thinking, why would a grown man want to do something so juvenile? The logical, and only answer, is that he is male.
He goes into the walk-in freezer alone. I can just see him preparing for the experiment; thinking about the best location, and exactly how much of his tongue he’d stick to the frozen wall. I’m sure he told the other workers he was going to the bathroom, which always took him more than a few minutes. Kenny’s a natural leader, so I know, in his young mind, he was doing this to save others from making the same mistake. He was just on the verge of hypothermia when he bravely and selflessly stuck his tongue to the wall. You guessed it, Kenny was stuck!
At that moment panic set in so he did what any red blooded young man would do when they were on the verge of freezing to death; he ripped his tongue from the wall and ran as fast as his frozen legs would carry him!
Not wanting anyone to know what he’d done, he told everyone he was sick with diarrhea and left. For the next few days, he was unable to speak plainly, so he told everyone he’d had his tongue pierced, but had taken it out because it had gotten infected. For months, everyone at Subway was trying to solve the mystery of exactly what was stuck to the freezer wall.
Some thought it was a piece of ham or salami. Others thought it was something far more mysterious like alien skin. Kenny, however, knew exactly what it was and for the first, and only, time in his life, didn’t say a word. It remains a mystery and source of speculation to this day.
There are things in life that are mysterious. There are things we may never understand as long as we’re here on this earth, and I’m fine with that. If we knew all the hows and whys, and all the ins and outs, we wouldn’t need God. God and the Holy Spirit, reveals things to us when we need it, and they’re never too late! All you have to do is ask! Too bad Kenny didn’t consult with them before he stuck his tongue to the freezer wall!
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23
Listen carefully to wisdom; set your mind on understanding. Cry out for wisdom, and beg for understanding.
Search for it like silver, and hunt for it like hidden treasure. Then you will understand respect for the Lord, and you will find that you know God. Proverbs 2:2-5