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Storms don’t last

By Marilyn C. Arayata

What kind of challenge are you going through right now? It may be an emotional storm, financial storm, relational storm, or physical storm. Perhaps, just like many people, you are going through not just one, but two difficulties at the same time. Hang on. Storms don’t last. Meanwhile, do what you can to protect yourself and survive. “We live in a world that is beyond our control, and life is in a constant flux of change. So we have a decision to make: keep trying to control a storm that is not going to go away or start learning how to live within the rain” Glenn Pemberton).

American media proprietor andtalk show host Oprah Winfrey suffered abuse and poverty as a child. She ran away from home. Cancelled orders for aluminum tubes made a businessman cry, but it paved the way for the rise of a locally-made toothpaste. After the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, lahar damaged parts of Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales, but they were able to recover. New York City rose after the 9/11 attacks. The Japanese were able to survive the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Hard times don’t last.

What personal problems and battles did you go through? Just like your painful and difficult situations in the past, there is an end to your present sufferings. Life is a wheel! Nothing is constant. Whatever burdens you face, muster enough strength and courage to start each day with hope. Pray! “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

“By holding on to God at all times, we can remain calm and enjoy peace in us even in the middle of our storms.” – Latika Teotia

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