I’ll never forget September 26, 2009 and the week that followed after that. This has been a week of disaster after disaster and the vicious cycle just went on and on. I just couldn’t believe it.
I just can’t believe the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy last week in Metro Manila. I had been monitoring the news constantly, surfing websites and blogs related to the storm, watching youtube videos on the fury of Ondoy and dropping by the PAGASA website from time to time to monitor incoming storms.
I just can’t believe what happened in Metro Manila. Floods went above the garage flooring and reached as high as two storrey houses and even higher in some areas ! An urban planner who got his degree from Harvard said in an Inquirer interview that it’s not an act of God but sin that caused the floods. The sin he was referring to was the sin of omission particularly the sin of not respecting the environment and the sin of the government in not placing the necessary infrastructure to prevent floods from happening as outlined in the recommendations of a world bank report entitled “Metro Manila Transport, Land Use and Development Planning Project,” which was published in 1977. Well I’ve always lamented the fact that in this country, we have very poor urban planning compared to other highly industrialized nations. I do not even know if we have a University that offers a course on urban planning.
Well whether it was “sin” or both sin and an “act of God”, it does not matter. The loss of lives, people loosing their homes and possessions that they have worked hard for several years, gone in just a few hours is so heart breaking. I just can’t believe what happened.
It is as if it isn’t enough, now here is disaster after disaster, there’s another storm coming this time it’s a super Typhoon Pepeng. Barely 1 week has passed since Ondoy has unleashed its fury in Luzon. The entire Luzon area is now once again under threat.
The Philippines is not the only one that has experienced disaster after disaster from the wrath of nature. Last Tuesday a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Tonga caused Tsunami in the area which killed more than a hundred people and wiped out villages in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. On Thursday, another 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit Samoa.
On Wednesaday, Indonesia got hit by 7.6 Magnitude earthquake leaving more than a thousand dead and a thousand more probably homeless.
Aside from that there’s another super typhoon hovering over the Pacific, code named “Melor” which is expected to hit Guam and will be heading to Japan by next week. It was a relief to hear that according to weather forecasters, Melor will not hit the already battered Philippine Islands.
Last Thursday, a fire hit Archbishop Reyes Ave. in Barangay Luz here in Cebu City. Although there were several persons injured and there were properties that were destroyed, it was a relief to hear that nobody got killed.
SO WHAT ON EARTH IS NEXT ? THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH ! A WEEK OF DISASTER AFTER DISASTER !
Personally, I am thankful to God that no disaster happened to me personally. (The only disaster that happened to me would probably be my hair LOL) Just kidding.
Well these strange events of disaster after disaster happening is not an accident. Jesus said in Mathew 24:6-8 that some of the signs of his coming are that “ . . . Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. . . “
A week of disaster after disaster may be bad news for everyone, but there is one good news I can think about, JESUS IS COMING SOON ! Are you ready ?