My father was always fascinated by storms. News of one approaching would draw him to our small front porch, where he would stand, watching it build along the horizon. As a child, I would join him at times, staring into the dark clouds in the distance—seeing them move, swirl, and gather as they darkened further still, and wondering what they held in store as they drew closer to our home.
Our world is home to many kinds of storms, from rainstorms that feed our crops and thunderstorms that rattle our windows, to devastating tornados and hurricanes or cyclones, with the power to reduce even our largest cities to rubble and destroy thousands of lives.
Can these awesome phenomena teach us anything? For all the potential damage and devastation they may wreak upon our populations and the cities we’ve constructed, can they serve any purpose for us today?
As with every part of the Creation in which we live, the storms that surround us can most certainly teach us. For while we have yet to master the storm, the storm does, indeed, have a Master. And it is, like us, among the works of His hands.
On June 23, 2016, the UK voted in a referendum on the stark question, “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or leave the European Union?” The shocking result, by 52 percent to 48 percent, was in favor of leaving. So began an unprecedented national convulsion of historic (and even “hysteric”) proportions, as a protracted and tortuous process of disentanglement began.
It’s a bit like a divorce. Once it is clear a marriage is over, then comes the painful process of negotiating the terms of the divorce. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty states that a member country that wishes to leave the EU must officially inform the European Council, from which date negotiations can begin, and should be concluded within a two-year time frame. Article 50 was formally invoked by Britain at the end of March 2017 following extensive parliamentary debate and a successful vote in favour of officially launching Brexit. “Divorce” proceedings then began in earnest, with every prospect of being difficult and challenging.
This raises a monumental question: Can Britain survive and thrive outside the EU, or does this painful and complex “divorce” herald the death knell of a once-great nation? Will it be a self-destructive meltdown inflicting irreparable harm for generations to come? For a clear and forthright answer, you can read about Prime Minister Theresa May’s grand vision of a new “Global Britain” articulated by twelve simple objectives in her Brexit Speech of January 17, 2017.
Whether or not this successful future can be realised depends on surmounting four major hurdles. Let’s call them blessings, because Britain cannot continue to prosper without these blessings on the nation’s efforts.