Storm! Be Still!

Hello Typhoon Ompong!

Last Friday night, we still pushed through in our dinner and bonding night with this beautiful couple.

The storm was somehow felt in metro manila yet we couldn’t imagine how devastating this could be in the northern part of our country. Good thing our government warned the people ahead of time to evacuate and prepare for this great storm. Hopefully, there will be minimal to zero casualties this time.

When we were about to go home, we could feel the gusting wind slapping across the city. Thankfully, we got home safely and opted to pray for our nation especially to those areas mostly affected.

Storms can really be catastrophic especially when we are caught off guard. Yet many times in our personal life, there are no emergency text alert, no forecast, and no warnings of future disaster. Just like this story I was reading in the book of Mark, the disciples suddenly encountered a great windstorm when they were crossing the sea. The waves shakened their boats as well as their hearts. They were panicking here and there not knowing what to do.

How many of us do rattle in unexpected chaos like this? Most of us! Don’t we? And a lot of times we get consumed with these problems that are slowly drowning us to death.

As I read along, the passage says that Jesus was also in their boat BUT He was sleeping peacefully…

“But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38

“Lord, do you not care that I am in a big mess today?” “Lord, why have you allowed such pain to overtake my life? Do you not care?”

We tend to question God in the midst of our storms because we often forget that He is completely in control. He never promised we will have a storm-free life. He promised He will be with us even when life hits us hard.

He could’ve silenced the storm right away but instead He took the time to sleep. Why? Because God wants us to respond in faith, call upon His name and acknowledge that He is in our boat.

“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?””Mark 4:39-40

Knowing that God is on our side gains us the confidence to face any trials in life because we know that He is powerful. With just one command, He can still the storm and change our situation. Yet at times, He allows us to go through the troubles to teach us faith—to hand Him over our steering wheel and let Him have the full control over our life.

Storms can be a great reminder that God is omnipotent and we are not. And trusting in Him is the only way we can have peace amidst the storm.

No matter how chaotic storms in life can be, the comforting truth is they are nothing but temporal. Yet while we are in it, faith in God is our ultimate relief good. It relieves us from fear and worry. And it enables us to help others be hopeful that God will rescue us and this will be over soon.

My prayer goes to those who were greatly affected by Typhoon Ompong. God is sovereign. Even if it has caused us a lot of damage, the promise of restoration and recovery is at hand. With God, we can bounce back and be joyful in any circumstance.

Good bye, Ompong!

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