Last year I posted a series on the top ten trends that would shape the new decade and introduced it with a piece on the core reality driving events in our time: the accelerating pace of change. Driven by forces hardwired into science and capitalism, history is speeding up, societies around the world are being shaken to their core, and the economic environment is going to continue to reflect both the opportunities and the dangers of this tempest-tossed time in world history.
With a series of tornadoes sweeping across the country and the world reeling from a combination of the Japanese tsunami, Arab revolutions and wars, US budget battles, Chinese overheating and the continuing crisis over the European currency and financial system, the words of William Cowper‘s poem sprang to mind this Palm Sunday weekend:
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.