We knew about it for a week. It was a scheduled power outage for our neighborhood, arranged by our local electric company. It was a minor inconvenience but since it was scheduled during a weekday afternoon, when I and the majority of my neighbors were at work, we presumed the disruption to our lives would be minimal.
Around 10 PM, a police helicopter began circling overhead, searchlight bearing down upon our neighborhood. After several minutes of successive flybys, a loudspeaker was heard above the chopper blades. “To anyone in 38 Kingston Drive, the house is surrounded. Come out of the house immediately!”
The next day, we learned from our neighbor that a gang of experienced thieves had seized upon the power outage to simultaneously rob two houses in our neighborhood, literally right across the street from our home. The normally closed electric gate to the community was open. Alarm systems and monitoring cameras were offline. Many homeowners chose to leave their homes during the outage. It was a perfect storm for a robbery, the convergence of several calamitous events, amplifying the interactions.
The Bible describes another grim perfect storm-the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He was betrayed by one of His disciples. His authority was rejected by the Jewish priests. He was sentenced to die by the Romans, branded a threat to their empire. All of the hopes and dreams of those who believed He was the Messiah seemingly ended on that fateful day-a perfect storm for evil to triumph over good.
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. Colossians 2:13-15 (NLT)
It may have appeared to have been a perfect storm for evil, but God is never powerless to overcome Satan. No matter how hopeless the situation, God is always in control! A shameful execution became the nexus of God’s plan to reconcile the perfect relationship that sin had broken between man and God. All of our sins were nailed to the cross. All of the accusations and lies that were hurled against man by Satan were destroyed. It was a perfect storm! God triumphed over Satan and evil!
God always wins! He calms and controls the storms of life.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.