The man who weathered history’s worst storm

Pastor Joey Bonifacio // March 25, 2018, 6:00 am


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I was born, raised and lived most of my life in the Philippines. Our beautiful nation is blessed with some of the most dazzling islands on the planet.

All that beauty comes at a price. The islands are laden with volcanoes. And a number of them are still active. That also means we often experience earthquakes in varying degrees.

Earthquakes and tropical cyclones

On June 15, 1991, Mt Pinatubo, a volcano that sits 91 km northwest of Manila, erupted. It was recorded as the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, upstaged only by the 1912 Novarupta eruption in the Alaska Peninsula.

The Bible is filled with verses that remind us of God’s faithfulness and power to deliver us from the storms in our life.

With it came a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that’s about the intensity of the infamous 1906 San Francisco tremor. A total of 350 died and the human suffering and damage to property were massive.

Apart from earthquakes, the Philippines is also visited by no less than twenty tropical cyclones annually, around five of which are destructive. One recent visitor was Tropical Storm Haiyan, a super-typhoon.

So enormous was the flooding that one island was 80% underwater. Packing winds of up to 370 km per hour, thousands died and thousands more went missing. 

Making sense of disasters

This series of posts, however, is not about me or of my countrymen, but is about a man and his family, and how he weathered history’s worst storm.

I am referring to Noah and the cataclysmic flood he found himself in.

Having lived through storms all my life, I feel an affinity to the story of Noah. My hope is that this series of posts will help you weather the storms in your life, not if they come, but when they come.

To be clear, however, this is not about meteorology or seismology, but about the reality of life’s challenges and how we can storm-proof our lives. 

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
Psalm 46:1-2

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
Psalm 107:28

The Bible is filled with verses like these that remind us of God’s faithfulness and power to deliver us from the storms in our life.

And yet, God has left us with an amazing story of how a man and his family walked with God and believed in Him, and in the end, they were saved.

This is the first in a developing series of blog posts on Pastor Joey Bonifacio’s blog entitled: 10 Essentials to a Storm-Proof Life and is republished with permission.
Read the second part here.


About the author

Pastor Joey Bonifacio

Joey Bonifacio serves as the Senior Leader at Every Nation Church Singapore, and is also in the leadership team of Every Nation Ministries, a worldwide family of churches and ministries. He is the author of five published books and has been married to his lovely wife, Marie, for over 35 years. They have three grandchildren and can't wait to have more.