Can you imagine walking out of your house and seeing the area you’ve lived in is completely destroyed? Where trees are uprooted, electrical wires torn down to the ground, an airport leveled, neighborhoods demolished, and corpses along the sidewalk? I guess that’s what happens when a country is hit with the strongest typhoon in history.
I remember experiencing 2012’s typhoon in the Philippines as if it was just yesterday. These natural disasters have almost become an annual norm to the Filipinos since they occur so often. However, when Typhoon Haiyan roared over my precious homeland, it was more disastrous than ever before.
During the last day of the storm, my heart was truly breaking. I was sitting comfortably in a pew at church during worship. Then the thought of thousands of lives that have been lost, the families that have been torn apart, and those who are still searching for their loved ones came to mind and it almost became unbelievable to process.
I came across this quote by Eric Liddell who says, “Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. God’s love is still working. He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out His wonderful plan of love.”
Then you think, ‘Why would God send disasters if He wants to show us His love?’
I believe this song fits God’s test perfectly and I imagine all Filipinos rising from their devastation singing this line:
“Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your Name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign”
Lord, You have a reason for everything. May we find our faith and hope at their highest in that. Bring healing to the Philippines, Father. You promise to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. I pray that they will see Your glorious face through this situation. I pray that they find their strength in You. You are their number one Healer, Comforter, Redeemer, and Savior. Because Your Word says so, we give you thanksgiving in everything. May your splendor and marvelous works overcome all. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)