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My heart aches for those that were affected by the strongest typhoon( Haiyan) ever hit the Philippines lately. For those that lost their loved ones, livelihood and homes. Everyone?s heart grieves for these people, dear people from my homeland, who cried in despair for help to survive. Still many had not been reached; assuming that a lot already had died because of lack of food, sickness and despair. Some maybe are in their last breath, still hoping to be rescued.
How can we describe the pain of those that were and still are in the midst of this catastrophe? Those who had seen with their own eyes that their loved ones had been taken away from them by the strong wind and waves and they were helpless. Those that had seen and experienced the hunger, the desperation, and the death that surrounds them. The whole world was grieving for these precious people. Hearts were touched, help had been sent and still many are doing their best to help. To lend a helping hand for those who are suffering. To just at least ease a little bit of their undescribable pain.
One can ask ? Where was/is God in the midst of all these heartbreaking scenes?? If our hearts has been moved, how about the one who created us? God who is love and died for us? Couldn?t he just stop that strong typhoon before it hit the land and devastated everything ? What was/is the meaning of it all? Is it to awaken the sinners? Is it to remind us how fragile and short our lives are? Or is it to give us the opportunity to give a helping hand? To touch heart of stones? To be thankful for every blessing one has? Or was it the wrath of God because of rampant wickedness everywhere? God who created everything, whom we just take for granted and just call when the going gets tough. God that some mocked and got the blame for everything. God that many does not believe exist? Yes, what does GOD feels?
It didn?t help my understanding when I read God?s words one morning. It says:
Proverbs 1: 2-33
Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall[d] she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 ?How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you?
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 ?Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.?
Then I wondered?.was it God?s way of reminding each and every one to repent?
I felt so helpless and I uttered this prayer to God.
Father I pray that you put desires in our hearts to attain wisdom and understanding from You and Your words. To receive insights from You, to use into our everyday lives and to share to each other. Let us be disciplined by Your rebuke and do what is right and fair.
Thank You for reminding us that to fear You is the beginning of knowledge. So let us fear You out of respect and love. Let us not give in into sin that entice us, or go along with those that indulge in it or set our feet on their paths.
Let us hear Your call despite the disturbing noise that makes our ears deaf from Your voice. Respond to Your rebuke so that You can pour Your heart on us and made Your thoughts known to us. Help us not to love our simple ways, but Your precious way of doing things. Because Your ways are perfect Lord. Do not let us reject You when You call. I pray that we will reach into Your hands that You are stretching to us. Let us understand that Your advice is the best for us.
I pray these Lord, so that You will not laugh at us when calamity strikes us like a storm. When disaster sweeps over us like a whirlwind. When stress and troubles overwhelm us. So that You will answer when we call unto Thee. We will find You when we look for You. However, help us to seek You with all our heart, soul and spirit, so that we will eat the fruit of Your knowledge. Thank You for Your promise that whoever listen to You will live in safety and be at ease without fear or harm. I pray in Jesus name.