A “perfect storm” happens when a rare combination of factors come together at precisely the right time to create an extraordinary event. When you think of perfect storms, you may imagine hurricanes and tornados, but for me, the perfect storm of my life happened when I had two strokes at the age of 46.
The odd part was that I was in great shape, played a lot of basketball, ate healthy food, and was very active. I did not appear to be a candidate for this kind of storm. However, I now understand that God may not create the storm, but He certainly uses the rare combination of factors in our lives, to redirect our sails so we start heading more toward Him.
I was certainly aware of God in 2007, when I gave Him a little time on Sunday mornings, but I figured He wanted me to take care of the rest of the week myself. That meant God got one day and I got six. It turns out that just isn’t enough. God can only put wind in our sails, if we spend time with Him every day, not just Sundays.
The strokes I experienced were a kind of “perfect storm” because a lot of things had to happen at exactly the right moment for me to end up in surgery and in a coma for nearly six weeks. My Stroke of Faith as I wrote in my forthcoming book, was a perfect way for God to reach me. God came right into that hospital room and made Himself known and He turned me around. There was no doubt in my mind that He wanted me to remember who the Captain of my ship really was, and it wasn’t me!
Throughout my recovery, we talked many times about how to prevent not only another stroke, but how to prevent my soul from crashing down through the waves of life. Only God can bring peace to my soul and I’m so grateful He did. If you let Him turn your own ship around, He’ll bring peace to you as well. Don’t be afraid if He sends a perfect storm into your life; it may set you up for smooth sailing from then on.
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Matthew 8:26-27, NKJV