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When God seems silent: A Reflection on the fury of super typhoon Yolanda

While browsing articles in yahoo regarding typhoon Yolanda, I have come across this write-up about a prominent politician who said “God must be somewhere else or he forgot that there’s a planet called Earth” after he visited Tacloban and saw the catastrophic destruction. This is my point of view.

The Raging Storm

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PAG-ASA had been cautious in their statement that typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) is going to be one of the strongest typhoon that will hit the country. Because of their forecast, efforts had been made by the government to prepare the areas foreseen to be affected by the storm. However, these efforts seemed useless when the super typhoon land fall in the Tacloban, Samar, Leyte, Palawan and some areas of Bacolod. Because of the strong winds, heavy downpour of rain and storm surges, no strong establishment was left standing, trees were uprooted, houses were destroyed, roofs were carried by the wind for one place to another, thousands of dead bodies were left scattered. Fortunate survivors do have their various heartbreaking stories of how they were able to conquer the catastrophe. Many of those who survived were able to save just themselves and nothing else.

Where art thou?

People who suffered and had lost their love ones would probably question where is God’s presence during that time? If he was really there, why did he allow that to happen? Was it true that He really is somewhere else when the super typhoon flattened the areas of devastation?
“ Tama na po Lord, tama na please”, Mickaella Papa, a news reporter and a survivor of typhoon Yolanda exclaimed during the wrath of the storm while they were having their coverage. She narrated her tremendous and unforgettable experience while the raging storm was striking Visayas. She is a living witness of how cruel the storm surges and strong winds were.
Fortunate is Papa for she was able to tell her story, safe and sound. Many of the residents had also prayed hard to God for His rescue to come along, for their life to be spared, for their loved ones to survive but to many, God did not answer. Does he love His people? Did God hear their prayer? If yes, then why did He let this happen? Was God silent in answering pleas that time?
If God could only come down and answer these questions.

Things to ponder

1. Playing the blaming game.
In situations like this, people have to lend their helping hand instead of putting the blame on others. Do not blame God.Do not blame the government. Instead, haul your body and make a change, make a way to overcome. The event had happened already. We cannot turn back time. The more should we draw closer to one another. The more should we become better and stronger.
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2. This is not our Home.
Thousands of people succumbed to death after hours of struggling with the waves falling debris and the current of the ocean. They had died through one of the most horrifying way possible. Seeing a member of a family lying there no longer breathing could shatter anyone’s heart into pieces.
These people who were not able to overcome, whose corpses were already decaying, were now in the hands of our Maker. They were too beautiful for Earth. God had already called them to come back in His palace.
Death is inevitable. One day we will meet them. It so happened that they reached the finish line earlier than ours. Realize therefore that life on earth is temporary. This is NOT, this is NOT our home.

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3. Rainbow after the rain.
Though it seems so hard because of losing many of your loved ones, the house you had worked hard to build had been blown in a snap, properties you had invested now nowhere to be found, and you have no more money to buy necessities, LIFE MUST STILL GO ON.
Everything happens for a reason. In every situation may it be bad or good, always aim to learn a lesson.
After the grief and the sorrow, condition yourself to move on. Two steps forward one step backward, it doesn’t matter as long as you are moving on, slowly but surely.
The fact that you are still breathing means that there is still life. Lose hope not! There is a rainbow after the rain. There is life after the storm.

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4. The Second Coming
Despite the forecast of PAG-ASA and the actions made by the LGUs of different towns and provinces, still typhoon Yolanda brought a devastating tragedy—loss lives, houses, properties, infrastructures. This is not the first time that the Philippines was hit by a strong typhoon. As a matter of fact, more or less twenty typhoons strike the country every year yet, we are still unprepared. Are we really learning?
Like a thief in the night, God will arrive unknowingly. Revelations 3: 3 states “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” No one knows the time, not even the Son, only the Father. If for instance instead of the raging of Typhoon Yolanda, it was God who arrived, are we all prepared to meet Him? Are our hearts ready to come with him in Heaven? Looking back to different scenarios broadcast in the television and some vids from the social media, I doubt it.
In spite of the dreadful calamity, there will always be a reason for us to be thankful. Thank God for He still gave us time to change. Now is the best time to repent and look to God. Let us turn back to Him and commit our lives before His second coming, before it is too late. Stop loving the wickedness of this world and start pleasing the Lord.
Believe it or not, without God we are nothing.

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5. Be still
As I have said, If God could only come down and reply to the queries running in the minds of each of us. If we are to know the answers to every questions, I think it would take us lifetime and beyond. Who can fathom the depths of His wisdom? We are just humans. We have our limitations. What we need to do is trust Him with all our hearts and soul. He is the alpha and omega, the author of life. Know that He is too wise to make a mistake.

What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise?

Despite the distressing storms of life, despite the agony we are suffering, do not lose hope. Above all, do not turn away from God. Bow down and pray “Father You are king over the flood, I will be still know You are God”. With Him, the best is yet to come.

(Credit to the owners of the images used)

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