Today I woke up wondering, why I woke up in my nice warm house when a father across the ocean wakes in a pile of rubble and mud. Why am I allowed to go on about my day, living and experiencing joy while the man weeps in grief at the thought of everything that he has lost. His home, his wife and his children swept out to sea by the storm. I can’t help but wonder…did they go peacefully? Did they have time to know what was happening and be frightened or did they just swim right into the open arms of Jesus?
If God is for us why does something like this happen? Why did a friend of mine just get a cancer diagnosis and while another friend suffers from depression? People are hungry, homeless, abused and disasters happen. The list goes on for miles, people are suffering every single day. Sometimes I just want to scream, “It’s not fair!” But who am I to decide what is fair and what is not? We all die, it’s inevitable. Wouldn’t it be nice if when we died we just went to sleep in our bed at night and opened our eyes in heaven? No suffering or pain. What if life was always rosy? How would we behave? Would we turn to God as much? Would we still pray? Would we still help one another?
I visited a boy in Haiti last March. He had nothing of monetary value but he had himself and a whole lot of love; and he was ready and willing to give all of himself away. I also visited a Mother who had aids and a family of 7, she had a one room shack for a home but opened it up to us as if it were a mansion inviting us in offering us a seat. She gave more in love to us in that short time than I have given in my whole life. To me their lives seem unfair yet they were thankful and joyful and ready to unselfishly share it all with me.
When things like the typhoon that hit the Philippines happen we don’t understand, but its also the times like this that God shows the most. People are coming together from all over the world to give help to their fellow man. As the broken pick up the broken pieces of their lives, life keeps going on and God keeps going on. Forever His love and strength will show in those who are trying to put the pieces back together again and also in those who come to their aid. Many of us can’t physically go there to help, so we pray. We pray so loud that our voices blend together as one. We pray that God will give strength and healing to those who were hurt. We pray that nations will come together and in the mighty name of Jesus and that God will show many blessings and miracles in the midst of suffering left from the storm. Most of all we pray that in the center of it all people will come to know Jesus Christ because after all is said and done he is everything that anyone truly needs.
If you would like to help the people of the Philippines Compassion International has set up a donation page to help get emergency relief to children in the effected areas. This fund will go toward things such as food, clothing, water, and temporary shelter and for providing counseling and spiritual support. Just click the banner below to help.