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Signal No.

1

For the past weeks, Philippines had been facing typhoons left and right. From Typhoon Pedring which caused P12.342B worth of damage and left 77 dead (according to Business World Online) to Typhoon Quiel, the second typhoon that hit Luzon for less than a week after Pedring came. Moreover, just last week, Typhoon Ramon hit Mindanao and Visayas. A friend of mine was about to have his connecting flight that time from Bohol (Visayas Area) to Manila and Manila to Gensan (Mindanao Area). He asked for our prayers for a safe flight because PAGASA had already hoisted Storm Signal No. 1. During my childhood days, people would say that Gensan (city where I live in) and other neighboring Municipalities are storm-free areas. It’s surrounded by mountains so storms could not easily break in. Well, I must say not this year! Gensan experienced heavy rain and floods brought by storms. Glan, one of our neighboring municipalities, experienced tornado last February destroying 136 houses. Good thing no casualties were reported. However, one thing is for sure -- it’s no longer a storm-free area. No one can possibly assure that if you live some place here in the Philippines, you’ll experience a storm-free life. It’s like Christianity. There’s no assurance that if you receive Christ in your life, it would be a good life. You will definitely experience various trials, problems, temptations, persecutions and hardships. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” Acts 14:22 NIV. We could face Storm Signal No. 1 to 5. There is no such thing as storm-free life, but we can definitely have a “storm-proof life”. It would depend on how we build our foundation. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7: 24-27. We should dig deep into the word of God so that when storms come, we won’t be blown away. That’s the only way we could handle every trials we would face. Like what my friend did after praying, he got into the plane that took off; he experienced turbulence during the flight, landed at NAIA, took off again in another plane that landed at General Santos International Airport and arrived home safely. “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the victor's crown, the life God has promised to those who love him” James 1:12 NIV.