Yesterday (Aug. 8) marked the first year anniversary of “Habagat”, the monsoon rain that brought heavy flooding and heavy rains all over Metro Manila and outskirts of the metropolis last year.
Thursday also marked the first year “anniversary” of our car that was submerged from the flood in Binondo, when I was forced to leave it two blocks away from the place we were staying after the engine went dead.
My wife and I were talking about “Habagat” last night and how the monsoon rain has wrought damage to the Greater Manila area.
“Habagat” has brought tremendous damage to properties and rendered perhaps thousands more homeless.
We all go through our seasons of “Habagats” in life. A season where everything doesn’t seem to go your way. A period where God seems silent. A time when you feel like you are alone.
The one-year anniversary of “Habagat” gave us the time to just look back on the lessons we learned after losing our car there.
* “Habagat” reminded us that everything we have in life are not really ours.
Psalm 89:11 says, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.”
* “Habagat” is also a reminder that life is so uncertain. Though in the midst of uncertainty, we can still be secure in the promises of God through His word.
Psalm 46:1-2 says, “God is our refuge and God is our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
* “Habagat” also reminded us that in the midst of trouble, Christ is our peace.
As Jesus told His disciples in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
May you find strength in God in your moment of “Habagat”.
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