Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Perfect Storm

A perfect storm is an expression to describe weather conditions that happen to hit at a region’s most vulnerable area, resulting in the worst possible damage. The term is also used (metaphorically) to describe an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.

I read a letter in the Mercury’s Editorials this morning describing current conditions in America this way: “We are facing a perfect storm of an aging population affecting both Social Security and Medicare, unpaid war expenditures, declining oil supplies, and increased tax burden for the middle class and wealthy.” And I can immediately think of many more present conditions that could be added to that mix.

Today David Wilkerson wrote: “Beloved, if we’re going to face the coming storm, then we need to be prepared so nothing disturbs our spirit. And the only way to do that is to spend time in the Father’s presence beholding His face. We have to be shut in with Him—on our knees, practicing His presence, seeking Him—until we’re thoroughly persuaded He’s at our right hand.”

I have set the Lord always before me; because You are at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad; my flesh also will rest in hope. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16: 8-11 abbreviated).


  1. Thank you, I am so glad this man of God (Mr. D.Wilkerson) has made this statement, that way I don't feel I am the only one feeling this way. Sometimes it's hard because sharing this type of way of life people may think you are "too spiritual", and say that the Christian life is something more practical not "so mystical". Spending time with Him is key to our overall health. But I've also realized that for many people it is more difficult to spend an entire day with the Lord, just meditating on His Word, singing praising songs, praying, listening to Him in quietness, than to spend two days working "for" the Lord, maybe distributing food or doing some repairing or cleaning work at church. I think when you are in love with the Lord and you have been working the whole week, the thing that you desire the most when the weekend comes is to be with Him with no time restraints, like when you decide to go out hiking on Saturday and you spend the whole day out, probably getting up early and going back home late at night, you don't really pay attention to the hours you have been out, you don't think it has been a waste of time, you've enjoyed it. Why then, can't we spend with Him a whole day, just enjoying His Presence, letting Him change us and speak to us. That would be so empowering! We would start the week in a fresh way, strengthened by His Spirit.
    I think 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 is a timely word for today, not meaning that we should cloister ourselves and not enjoy anything but to redeem the time and be wholly focused on our Saviour and Lord, being our single aspiration to know Him more and more every day.

  2. The challenge for us all is to abide in Him continually in everything. There will be specific times of refreshing in our prayer closets and times of abiding with Him in our work, but I agree that we must have those special times with the Lord to sustain us.