“Ask For Typhoons” | FEATURED
Today I pray for two things.
I’m praying for a storm to come my way. A storm that does not come in the form of a heavy downpour, but a storm in the form of a challenge: a spiritual storm.
Every Christian gets to enter that season in their lives when everything will start to feel calm and safe and familiar. Right now, I am in that season. And somehow, I don’t feel like staying storm-free for too long.
According to a study, the average number of typhoons hitting the Philippines per year had already decreased by as much as 50%. At first thought, that probably sounded to you like it was comforting good news. But let me break that for you by saying: it’s not. The fact is, more than half of our country’s water supply comes from typhoons and tropical storms. If the decreasing trend continues, the Philippines will suffer from terrible droughts. Hurting more unprepared people than the storms did in the first place.
In much the same way, our lives need storms too. One of the less known reasons why Christians drift away is because their lives had far too less challenges and trials. This causes gratitude to turn into complacency then complacency into sloth.
“You have to pray for typhoons,” says Oscar Tabada (PAGASA Mactan Director) “Be happy with typhoons [for without them we will suffer]. But be prepared!”
And that brings us to the second of two things:
Because a prayer for storms is dangerous if one only intends to draw security from himself.
Storms are unpredictable. More than human courage and mere groundwork, there is no better preparation than asking for fortitude from God. What else could be wiser than to ask for the all-sufficient grace that comes from the Creator? What is more reassuring than having Him by your side while you face life’s flavourful challenges?
“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” ~1 Peter 5:10
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