"The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears."
- John Vance Cheney
several weeks ago, my sweethearts and i celebrated our third year of togetherness and after our pre-dinner prayer, we all said a little something that we're happy about since that night was a "happy anniversary"-celebration after all. i ended up saying, "i'm happy that it's finally rainbow season for us...."
mild case of verbal diarrhea....
throughout the night, i realized how the words i said were only partially true - true for them and evidently not for me. the rainbow season was definitely not. for. me.
most of my 2011 was spent under dark, heavy rain clouds (both literally and figuratively). at the end of most days, i stare blankly into space and just ask God "why?" or a more personal version if it, "why me?". i never really understood it all and even if He confirmed it to me countless times that all this was for my own sake (read: pruning sesh) i still struggled processing it. the little miss summer baby was protesting - WHERE IS MY SUNSHINE?! finally, as the year reaches its end, i've come to embrace with both arms the very essence of this verse:
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. - James 1: 2-4
simply put, enjoy every bit of the storm because a rainbow is bound to appear. :)
on that note....
storms that hit the philippines are given names that start from 'a' to 'z' accordingly and being regular visitors of them destructive spawns of mother nature, they often use up every letter of the alphabet in a year. just recently, my homeland experienced a devastating hit from what the world now know as bagyong sendong (washi). i can imagine people asking the same questions i did, especially "why now, of all times, when christmas is just around the corner?!" similarly, with the storms that have been waltzing in and out of my life this year, it wouldn't be a surprise if i would have reached the end of the abc's too at this point. but the greatest blessing that came with all these is that i was enveloped with God's grace through and through.
trials are inevitable, so are His love, joy, peace and provision (among a lot more things). never did i feel alone and helpless as i battled my way out of every problem that i came face to face with - He was with me. and i pray with all of me that my fellow filipinos do not let this depart from their minds.... i repeat: GOD IS WITH YOU. so is the whole world. the response of people from across the globe is overwhelming and i can't help but say "THIS CAN ONLY BE GOD!!!!". only God can move and touch hearts of people this many. and to those with very willing hearts to partake in this mission to help the affected people of this tropical storm, visit RED CROSS website to donate or for more information.
christmas is in five days and i've always thought of it as a holiday of giving. now, after shamelessly plugging how we can help, here's another thing we can give this season.... THANKSGIVING.
let us not forget that we are never deprived of anything and we ALWAYS have a reason to say thanks to our Lord. may our hearts be filled we gratitude and again, to my dear filipinos, my prayers are with you and i encourage you that you welcome God all the more in your lives during this time.
here's to hoping for our rainbow's appearance soonest! :)