Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 13-19 September 2015
“Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, ‘You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.‘”
Last month, during the onslaught of Typhoon Goni (known as “Ineng” in the Philippines) in the northern part of the archipelago, I needed to go out of our house to bring something important Puregold in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. During my trip from our house to the mall, I faced flooded streets, strong winds, falling branches and heavy rains. By the time I returned to our house, I am drenched wet but without regrets, knowing I did my job successfully and my trip didn’t go to waste.
Most of us will be compelled to face similar situations like my own. Similar to our lives, we will be forced to face the storms that will pass through our lives in the form of problems and challenges. Nobody likes these obstacles, especially the heavy ones. A loving God knows the intensity these obstacles may face to a believer but why is He allowing it?
First, God only gives us problems and challenges that we can bear. God will not let His children fall because of a cross that is too heavy for him/her to bear. Second, God has promised all of us a safe landing on our journeys in life – a landing that is rewarding and satisfying, knowing we did despite the problems we have. However, no satisfying journey is complete without obstacles and problems.
How are we going to face our problems and troubles? The Bible has given us the answer: Put faith in God that in everything we do, in every challenge we face, in every day we wake up and in every time we pray God is listening to our concerns, petitions and problems. He has not forsaken us but rather He is testing us and is preparing us for solutions to our problems and answers to our concerns in a way that is better than we expect.
As we start another week, let us ask God for protection when we face the storms in our lives. Let us bring out the umbrella of His love and though we may get wet sometimes, God has promised us a safe arrival.
God has only promised us a safe landing, not an easy journey.