On September 26, 2009, Saturday, Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) deluged most parts of the country, including Metro Manila. Our village, which is in a suburb east of Metro Manila, was not spared. When the torrential rains finally stopped at around 8:00 in the evening, the muddy floodwater has risen to over 6 feet in the street, and on the fourth step of our stairs inside the house.
When the water finally subsided in the early evening of Sunday, it left a thick sludge that would take several days to remove. The flood took many lives, and properties and crops worth billions of pesos were damaged. I didn’t focus my heart on our properties that were damaged, or the huge expenses that we were to spend for the repairs. But my heart was overflowing with gratitude to the Lord that He has saved our whole family and our loved ones from the calamity. I was so thankful for His protection, though others were not as fortunate.
Our plants in the garden were covered by thick mud they couldn’t be recognized. I was wondering if they could survive at all. In fact, many of them perished. But the ones that were left, after shedding off their leaves, began forming new branches and leaves again. Soon, the flowers began blooming again and displaying their beauty!
Much could be learned from the flowers. Most people find it hard to recover and stand again after a calamity. Some would even question God and turn away from serving Him. But we look at the flowers which are “here today and gone tomorrow”, and we realize that they display the glory and majesty of the Creator of all, through every season. How much more us, who have been created in His likeness and blessed with every blessing?
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2)
The Lord wants us to be “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (Rom. 12:12). So just like the flowers, let’s stand up by His grace, and praise Him and let His glory be displayed in our lives, through every season!
These are the blooms in our garden (the others, not shown, are still buds):