Typhoon season is almost here. People will have to bring their umbrellas again every time they go out of the house. Thunder and lightning will be a regular fixture from now till sometime around November of this year, at least in the Philippines.
The Philippines is frequently visited by more or less 20 typhoons each year, with several of these destructive enough to claim hundreds or even thousands of lives and damage to properties amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos.
The 1970 Bhola Cyclone was considered by far as the deadliest tropical cyclone, hitting East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and India’s West Bengal on November 12, 1970. The death toll was estimated at 500,000, easily making it as one of the deadliest natural disasters in recent memory.
We often call our troubled times as “typhoons”. Matindi bagyo ang pinagdadaanan namin ngayon (We’re going through a severe ‘typhoon’ today.) – It’s a common expression among Filipinos when troubles come our way.
Troubled times or “typhoons” can be paralyzing to us. But the Bible is full of powerful passages that assure us of His Presence in trouble times.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (The Message) said, 7-8 Then Moses summoned Joshua. He said to him with all Israel watching, “Be strong. Take courage. You will enter the land with this people, this land that God promised their ancestors that he’d give them. You will make them the proud possessors of it. God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”
Times can be hard. Financial lack, physical sickness, emotional heartaches and relational problems – all these comprise the “typhoons” of life.
Typhoons of life are inevitable but when they do come, pray and trust God for He will never leave you nor forsake you.