Most of us will never experience the devastation that happened last week in the Philippines when Super Typhoon Hayan displaced nearly 3M people on the coastal villages of that great nation. I've been to some of those places in the past with our friends from International Care Ministries (http://www.caremin.org). I've dined with people living in those villages, I've prayed with people from the fishing towns, and even been a part of the faith movement in the Philippines.
The people of the Philippines are just like you and I. They long for education, better jobs, a way to feed their families, and they deal with the same household issues we all deal with. Watching this tidal wave sweep over the coast was like a punch in the gut. It was almost like one of my own family members was living through a hellish event.
We've seen the news reports.
Many of us have sent support.
America is working on logistics to get the people back on their feet.
Doctors are working tirelessly.
Aid workers are helping to the best of their ability.
Government officials are trying to rally global support.
But in the end, it's such a tragedy to watch so many live on the brink.
Which made me drift into my dream like wonder....
I wonder what it would be like for many of us to experience this type of tragic natural destruction. Would we be resilient, or would we look to the heavens and curse God for allowing such a monster storm to sweep away everything we know to be reality?
Would we have the where-with-all to look to our neighbors for support, or would we continue the isolation we've built around us that gives us the illusion of success?
You don't have to look far to the small town in Illinois that experienced an F4 tornado this last Sunday. The community is rallying around it's neighbors to lift up what nature tore apart in seconds.
It made me wonder how we deal with life tragedy like this. Even though we'll never experience a storm like that here in Colorado, life brings it's own fair share of destruction.
Loss of Job.
Relationships that don't turn out like we thought.
Someone who attacks you on whatever level you want to fill in the blank.
And even though there's not a physical storm surge wiping out your neighborhood, it can feel like a storm surge in your soul.
Justified in revenge.
Another place to look up to the heavens and curse God.
But Jesus gave us a different way.
He talks of a different response.
This morning I was in our Men's Group here in Durango called Master's Men, and we were talking about "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called the SONS OF GOD." And we were trying to figure out how we are supposed to be Peacemakers when the storms of life are thrown our way.
We talked about how Peace begins with our understanding of making Peace with God, moving on to Peace with our neighbors, and finally; we decided we needed to look deep in our own hearts to find Peace within our self.
The storm isn't the story here, it's the response. The beautiful part of the Typhoon isn't the sensational videos we see on the news, but rather; it should be the response afterwards. How would we respond?
So I ask you today....How do you respond to life when the Super Storms come your way?
Are you satisfied with that response?
Or is there a better way?