Nine days of cleaning up the house and we’re still not done. While it is true that we are extremely grateful that we are intact through it all, we cannot help but still feel exhausted from time to time. It’s like we’ve been cleaning up since forever and it doesn’t seem to end. The Lord alone sustains us, this much I can say. Counting the blessings and people who ministered to us by reaching out, have done a great deal.
Just to give you a glimpse of the devastation this typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) has done to our abode, allow me to share some before and after pictures.
our washroom before typhoon Ondoy
Ondoy and his wrath
my tiny but immaculate kitchen before Ondoy
What this calamity has done us is beyond words. A few days ago, with the forecast of a yet stronger typhoon by the local name of Pepeng (Parma), we were on our toes. Packed our stuff and ready to evacuate. Last week was the craziest week, to say the least. Throwing away design furniture and all the endless cleaning up, plus these storms coming one after another, have its way of destabilizing even the most steady person.
That very night when typhoon Pepeng was set to have its landfall, I kept waking up in the middle of the night, getting the shivers of terror even as the rain grew harder. What happened when I finally was able to sleep a couple of hours, I woke up severely nauseated that I had to run to the toilet. I so prayed and prayed. I knew the stress is coming into me like I have never experienced before. Overwhelmed with a lot of things and the Lord gently reminded me to “Be still and know the He is God.” (Psalm 46:10). I heeded and I was suddenly fine. 🙂