Storms of Life

“…The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock…” (Matthew 7:25)

I write this blog at the height of a storm.

As early as yesterday afternoon, the city readied itself for the hit. Classes suspended. Office workers sent home early. Malls closed-shopped way before the usual closing time.

I, myself, had to rush back to Cubao after I gave a talk in Las Pinas in order to avoid the impending typhoon. My meetings last night were all cancelled. Doors shut tight and the candles readied. 

Thank God for weather forecasts.

They protect you. They keep you safe. They shield you from the inconveniences and even the dangers of a raging storm.

But against life’s stormiest storms, there are no forecasts.

Sometimes, storms come without warning. They enter your “city” unannounced. They come bulldozing their way into your life, leaving your homes in shambles. You know what I mean…

You were expecting a promotion when the GM announced: the company has just filed for insolvency.

You didn’t notice there was anything wrong until you learned from your lawyer: your parents are getting their marriage annulled.

Life has been good when the doctor sadly broke the news: the lump is malignant.

You thought you were living a fairy tale marriage when you woke up one day to a nightmare: the empty closet of your husband says it all.

You were looking forward to your daughter’s college graduation when you received word: it was an earthquake and she was among those buried beneath the rubble.

Storms of life. Mean. Ruthless. Merciless. They come barging in with one single purpose: to suck the life out of you.

That’s why today’s gospel really, really hits a homerun.

“…The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock…” (Matthew 7:25)

Since the storms of life doesn’t give you time to be ready, it therefore pays to be ready all the time. How? Read the passage above.

Make sure your foundation is always rock-solid. Firm. Steadfast. Strong.

There can only be one. Jesus. Only Jesus.

“…This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’…” (Acts 4:11)

Even without the storm, protect your times of prayer.

Serve. Love. Forgive. Persevere. Be faithful. Remain righteous.

These are the ways by which you firm up your foundation.  

So even when the storms come, your house remains standing. Because it’s built on Rock. And there can be no better foundation than that.

Building on Jesus,

Bobby

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