My thoughts on what has been happening

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It happened in a split second. We heard a loud sound and we saw a truck get into an accident. Just a couple of feet from this unfortunate event was my parked car. I just kept on thanking God nothing happened to it. We went to check if the driver was fine and praise God that he was still in good shape even after the accident.  It was a modern day miracle considering that the windshield was crushed and the bumper totally destroyed. After getting over the initial shock of what’s happened before my very eyes, I just found myself  contemplating over the Maring Storm and the Metro submerged in water.

Snapshots of the flood by Maring

Maring Meme Funny

English: Going to work, boss. No flood.

And we thought the worst was over after “Ondoy” and “Habagat”. But why does it seem like Maring’s flood was worse than both combined? Families were  left without homes, areas that were supposed to be safe from flooding were affected, and countless people are still missing – some presumed to be dead.  And the sad thing about it is, we Filipinos still find ways to make fun of the tragedy. Because in the midst of all the sadness we see, laughter is a way for us to momentarily forget what was happening. There’s nothing totally wrong about having this mindset, especially if it being handled properly, but reality has its way of making its presence known. Once you get to that point, there’s nothing else you can do but face reality and  admit to yourself that yes, there’s no escaping the reality that is happening right now.

I found myself asking God so many questions at this point.

“What is it that You are doing?”

“What are You showing us?”

“What is it that You’re trying to teach us?”

I couldn’t think of the answers for these questions. Some may want to speculate and just draw conclusions from it. But personally, what’s really sinking deep within my heart and mind is that I am not totally in control! The accident that I saw could happen to anyone. It could have even happened to me. The rain that we are experiencing is something we cannot stop. All we can do is get down on our knees and pray that the Lord answers us and shows mercy upon us for he controls (Job 5: 10) the rain. Creation speaks for itself that indeed, there is a higher being in control.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20.

I write this entry to hopefully give encouragement to those who are suffering. We might not understand why all of these things are happening, but let us all remember the God who is in control and loves and cares for us. In His greatness and holiness, He is still very mindful of us. We can seek refuge in him. We can trust Him. He will always be faithful to His word and who He is. Know who you are in His eyes. No amount of suffering will ever contradict the nature of who God is. He is a loving God.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalms 46:1-2.

The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:1.

The suffering here on this earth is temporary compared to the eternity that awaits us. I pray that this song moves you into one action alone. Despite the suffering, God is still to be worshiped and trusted. Despite our loss, He should be enough for us.

I come, God, I come
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn me apart
You strike down to bind me up
You say you do it all in love
That I might know you in your suffering

Though you slay me
Yet I will praise you
Though you take from me
I will bless your name
Though you ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all

Though you slay me
Yet I will praise you
Though you take from me
I will bless your name
Though you ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

Though tonight I’m crying out
Let this cup pass from me now
You’re still more than I need
You’re enough for me
You’re enough for me

Note from the author: if you want to help, CCF is currently holding relief operations in many locations. CCF Relief Operations is for those who were affected by Typhoon Maring. You can donate your spare items to the nearest CCF branch from your home. You can also drop by and  volunteer to pack goods.

CCF relief operations Maring

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About Marc Sorongon

is servant of Jesus Christ. He serves and heads the B1G South Ministry and is actively involved in speaking. He enjoys eating burritos, burgers and Persian food. Add him in Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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