It’s been three days since typhoon Glenda hit our country last Tuesday. I have gotten used to hearing news about typhoon coming in and out of the country but not after when Yolanda came and hit the whole nation. My whole perspective about typhoon has changed, its like every time I hear about another typhoon coming in, I can’t help but to think about what happened especially in the most hit areas like Tacloban and how Yolanda destroyed almost every part of it.
As I was lying together with my three kids who were sleeping and while my husband lie awake looking after us and what might the typhoon Glenda could do to us, I could hear the strong winds and thought our roof might get ripped off by it. Forcing myself to sleep, I would find myself waking up to the sounds of our roof having a battle with Glenda and I cannot help myself again to think, what could have I done if this was not just Glenda and this was Yolanda and our family is in the area that is being badly hit by these super typhoon, all I could think of was to pray for everything that will happen to us at that moment if we were in such situation will be under God’s will.
Even if I keep on thinking of how I will save my children or what we can do to save ourselves from getting drowned or swamped up by the strong surge of water, our safety will not depend on our own strength or wisdom but on God alone.
I could not imagine how it must have felt for those who has suffered the wrath of Yolanda. As the electricity went out at almost 4’o clock in the morning while Glenda is still throwing its anger of strong winds in our area, my kids started to feel uncomfortable without the aircon. So we moved into another room where it was much cooler.
Then after loosing electricity, the next day which was Thursday, we lost water supply as our water was dependent on electricity I guess. But without a warning and we were just caught off guard that we did not bother ourselves to save some waters on our basins and pails. My husband and I thought that we can go on without electricity but not without water and so we had to find sources of where we can get water.
As we went out of our house and saw what Glenda has destroyed in our area, again, I could not help but think of how it must have felt for Yolanda victims walking through paths of damaged houses, with no food , no water and a feeling of hopelessness. Not that we are experiencing the same but it gave me a tiny overview of how it must have felt like but none compared to what they have gone through. And so I remained to be thankful to God all these time that we were experiencing the effects of what Glenda has left us.
Our house was intact, no one from our family was harmed, we were still able to eat. God has provided for us everything we needed even without water and electricity and the comforts that we are used to. Those three days that God made us experience how to have nothing from having everything made me so thankful that God is really an awesome God.