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Another Coffee from the August 2000 Deep Cove Crier

Have You Experienced The Perfect Storm??

During the last week of school, I found myself river-rafting through dangerous rapids near Squamish, BC.  I had been assigned by my wife to accompany my youngest son on his school outing.  My bottom-line assignment was to bring him back alive.  Unlike certain adults, my son had no fears of drowning.  In fact, his greatest delight was to jump into the icy-cold river not once but three times in a row.  It left me feeling that perhaps I should sign him up for a junior life-saving team!

Two weeks later, upon leaving the gut-wrenching movie experience of The Perfect Storm, our family walked into a less-than perfect Calgary, Alberta, storm.  Rushing madly to our van, it felt momentarily like the whole skies had opened up and we might drown in the parking lot!  Our rational side knew that 50% of our fears had been Hollywood-induced from just having seen so many watery disasters.  Even so, we were glad to make it safe and sound into the watertight van.

I had been speaking at the New Wine Canada renewal Conference and had been basking in beautiful weather all week.  True, we had fought our way through heavy rain and sleet going through the Canmore/Banff area, but once we got to Eagles’ Nest Ranch near Medicine Hat, our greatest danger was sunburning.

After seeing The Perfect Storm in Calgary, our next agenda was to find a nice waterproof hotel.  With thunder and lightning striking on every side, we hit a massive traffic snarl.  It was so bad that some trucks started driving up over the perimeter and jumping the guard rails.  As we crawled through the traffic jam, we came upon a brand-new ‘lake’ that had been created by the Calgary storm right in the middle of the highway.  Seeing no way out, we plowed through the ‘lake’ leaving a massive wake behind us.  As we woke up the next morning safe and secure at the Best Western, we were greeted by a Calgary newspaper with front-page pictures of flooded cars that hadn’t made it through our ‘lake’.

While our Alberta storm was minor compared to the tragic Red Deer tornado that hit that same week, it was enough to cause us to cry out to God ‘Help! I feel like I’m drowning’.

In The Perfect Storm, there was great emphasis put on realism and courage.  Each of the fishermen were notably flawed and yet lovable in their own unusual way.  Each of them left behind loved ones who worried each time they pulled out of the harbour.  Each of the fishermen showed remarkable bravery and resilience when the chips were down.  One of the most Christ-like moments in The Perfect Storm was when one fisherman selflessly risked his life for his sworn enemy.  What is it about fishermen that seems so closely connected to raw spirituality? Click to find out more…


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