I’m sitting here in Manila today, and it’s raining. It’s been raining for a couple of days. Quite different than our weather in Los Angeles this summer.
It’s raining, and that’s causing flooding. The streets are flooded over your knees, and and many places it’s higher. Peoples homes are being flooded. Businesses are shut down. The people that need to get someplace are walking through the flooded areas or catching rides in carts or boats. I just witnessed some children riding waves down the street in front of our hotel, as a truck just plowed down the street.
While this is a minor inconvenience for me, it’s devastating for many people that live with this. While many are used to flooding in Manila, I can’t help but realize the affect it has on the lives, especially of the poor here. Sickness, living in damp conditions, losing the few things you own, missing the opportunity to work, children not being able to attend school, and the list goes on. It affects them. It “knocks” them back, over and over.
I’m thinking about the “rain” in my life. Not physically, but do you have things that tend to “knock” you back? It just keeps coming, and coming, and coming. You think you’ve made it through, then it comes again.
Life is that way for all of many of us. We just can’t seem to get ahead.
The rain will subside here in Manila, hopefully within the next hours or the next day. Life will return to normal. There will be cleanup. People will rally back.
What about you? When you get through the storm, when you get through all the stuff that seems to be piling up, are you going to be OK?
Psalm 55 encourages us in verse 22: “Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.”
You’re not alone. The rain will stop. God’s in control. Let Him carry that load.