Potholes are the dangerous result of the cold. They can cause mechanical damage to a car, and even cause many accidents. Major roads are made of several layers of products. The base is compacted earth and gravel. Then eventually a layer of asphalt covers everything. Over time, heat, and heavy use, cracks develop in the asphalt. Potholes develop when snow and rainwater seeps into the cracks in the asphalt and freezes. When the water freezes, it expands. pushing out some of the dirt and gravel. This leaves a void when the ice eventually melts. Eventually, the asphalt layer over these divots collapses, leaving holes in the roadway. These holes grow with repeated traffic.
Sometimes potholes develop in our lives. I am going to get real personal right now. Sometimes you are the pothole other people hit. They are traveling through life, and when they come to you, they are unaware that the heat and traffic has caused cracks in you, allowing for the rains to enter those deep cracks, and then because you turned ice-cold in your heart, the rainwater expanded and pushed out some of your foundation. This left your outward life unsupported, and with just a little bit of traffic, you collapsed. Now everyone who comes your way runs the risk of damage, and even being wrecked.
Today, do not be a pothole. Sure... the elements have taken their toll on you. But do not remain in a damaged state. And be aware of the cycle that brought you to the place of disrepair you are today. There are two ways road maintenance crews deal with potholes. One is a cold winter mix made of soft asphalt that is expected to work temporarily, but usually failing by spring. The other is a hot summer mix, consisting of roadgrade asphalt and aggregate, and expected to last for years. During this repair, traffic is rerouted while time is spent preparing the road with more care to better receive the patch.
If you know someone who has some major potholes in their life, realize that you may be able to help them apply a temporary fix during their cold season, but they may have to come into a better season to be truly repaired. It will take more time, and traffic may have to be rerouted. We are all in danger of succumbing to the elements in life, but we also have a promise of the healing hand of God. Jesus predicted that as time goes on, "Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold." (Matthew 24:12) But as one Godly writer said, "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3)