Some might bash my title as I describe the typhoon as a blessing but it really is in a lot of ways. As we all know, the Philippines is a country hit with regular monsoon / low pressure rains, storms, typhoons and recently earthquake. So yes, the citizens’ resiliency to these kinds to catastrophe is rock-hard. But what happens when that rock’s been shaken through and through as a strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake stomps the ground around you and a sustained 315 kph winds and 380 kph gusts wrecks everything around you? Will you stand still? Will you not be broken? Will you not be just a tiny bit scared? Of course everyone will definitely feel fear. It is normal to be frightened. But what makes the victims of Haiyan (Yolanda) stand strong is their faith. They may not be Christians, but they sure have faith. Faith that it will be over soon. Faith that they will see their loved ones again. Faith that there will be people who will all reach out and help them. In such scenarios I’ve seen in a lot of photos posted everywhere (social media, news web pages, exchange of emails, etc.) and it made me think. These people are just regular people – your everyday newspaper man, cable guy, waitress, just someone who is simply one of us helping these victims. Now it hit me, they are Jesus in different forms. I remember as a kid going to a Catholic School, our teacher in Christian Living always tell us “God is everywhere.” So it is very apparent that it is in this very situation. I saw a photo of a man in a military uniform distributing bread to the victims – I see God. I saw a kid walking around a big pile of cadavers covered in body bags in a mass grave helping organize bodies – I see God. I saw a victim carrying his pet dog after the storm surge – I see God. I saw pledges from other countries and charitable groups, packing relief goods, deploying their military groups to help, news reporters keeping everyone updated and letting the whole world know about the situation in the Philippines – I see God. I saw people helping other people, people saving other people and people wishing other people well, praying for each other and staying strong for one another – I see God. I don’t know but I am sure there is something “God-like” about these acts of kindness – Christian or not. In these times of tribulations, it is always great to express our gratitude to God at how blessed we really are. I am always looking at the bright side of things thinking “it could be worse” and yes this is not the worst. God forbid, the whole Visayas could’ve been washed out with no survivors but no, there were people who didn’t make it, but nonetheless most did. There were a lot of people missing, but still, a lot were found too. There were flattened houses, but still, at least they once got the chance to live in a house – a better life than those who live in side streets / back alleys. Philippines is NOT a rich country and everyone knows that. But Filipinos in general are tough. They survive the heat of the Middle East and surpass the cold winters of North America. Wherever they go, they will survive. Though some victims have passed, it is not a bad thing at all – now they are united with their Creator and will never have to face another Haiyan. They can now look after their loved ones who survived, and will have the privilege to welcome them when it is their time. I see it all as a test of faith. Seeing the victims faces don’t just leave us thinking they have hope, it also shows how strong their FAITH is.