I didn’t realize until a recent visit to Dublin, Ireland that this city in the north Atlantic is actually further north than Calgary, Alberta. And yet while snow is a main feature of Calgary’s winter, in Dublin it’s more of an occasional nuisance.
Why is that? It’s because the warm current of the Gulf Stream which originates in the tropical Caribbean flows along the east coast of the US and across the Atlantic toward Europe. So, if I venture to take a January ocean dip off of Cocoa Beach, the same current that makes it bearable here, provides some tangible relief to Dublin. How about that!
Living in Orlando I’m used to another kind of warm current…The warm current of a huge network of leaders in business, government, sports and education who follow Jesus. It’s not uncommon to find businessmen meeting at a local Panera for Bible study before work – or a group of women involved in Bible Study Fellowship. Our sports heroes often speak about their faith. And because of my role in Momentum Europe, I’m often surrounded by business and professional men and women who love Jesus and are actively engaged in pursuing God’s Kingdom.
On that recent mid-winter trip to Dublin, I noticed that those kind of warm currents aren’t anywhere near as prevalent. It’s not nearly as easy to be a follower of Christ in an environment where you have to look hard to find another believer where you work or in your neighborhood.
That’s why I pray for the warmth of spiritual currents to touch Ireland and the rest of Europe. Those currents manifested in the love of Christ and the conviction of the Holy Spirit can touch thousands if not tens of thousands.
It seems to be a simple thing to pray for warm currents to touch Europe.
Can you join with me in that prayer? Let’s see if we can’t pray together to effect a spiritual climate change!