Hong Kong just endured one of the biggest and severe typhoons ever recorded. In sixty years, Hong Kong has only recorded 15 T10’s … the equivalent of a Category 5 Hurricane. We’ve only been in Hong Kong just over a year now, and have experienced 2 T10’s. This time, it was a little different. Living in a Village Home, the outcome was, well, let’s just say adventurous. I went out for a quick walk just to “feel” the wind and rain. Luckily, I only stayed for a short period of time, mainly because I got scared! When I returned inside, within 15 minutes, things were flying around. First it was just a box that landed in our “yard,” and finally we had pieces of someone’s roof that landed on our outdoor table, then the rest of the roof in front of our place. Crazy!
We were really fortunate that nothing major was damaged, nor did I get impaled by anything sharp or flying. As for our boys, they were a bit scared, nervous, anxious – but thankful for Google Play and they were able to watch Coco! Haha! It was still indeed, a unique experience for our family to go through.
I was reminded during this ordeal that God is still in control. He is Lord of all. Scripture doesn’t tell us that He is Lord of some … BUT All. He knew about this typhoon. He knew which tree would be uprooted. He knew that I would venture out to take a quick video. God knew. This was not a surprise. Typhoon Mangkhut did not just appear. God’s power was definitely on display. In life, we often go through many storms. It’s not a matter of IF, but WHEN. Storms, trials, circumstances … whatever word you would like to use, will come, it’s how we respond. With Typhoon Manghkut, we stayed inside. The people of Hong Kong stayed inside. Despite the power of this typhoon, the death toll is at a minimum. People stayed close to their home. Some even built forts in their hallways to stay safe. I really have to ask myself though, “How do I respond in the midst of storms, trials?” Honestly, in this season of life in HK – not good.
I need to remind myself that God is still in control. I need to remind myself to stay close to “home.” God knows the struggles that I would go through. God knows who will encourage me. God knows what my future holds. God knows. I need to take comfort in that. I need to trust Him again.
As for clean up, the process has already begun here in HK. We didn’t have school the past 2 days, which was much needed for all of us. The same can be said of my own heart. The clean up is beginning again … it’s never ending … always a process. In my last blog, I asked, “God, why do you have us here in HK?” … I think I know the answer …
Friends … you are loved.