All Hail the Hail!

Hail

Hail

The sky was so gloomy looking that day and it was only 4 PM in the afternoon. Yet it looked like 8 PM. Everyone at my work seemed worried and anxious to leave before the storm hit. According to the news a severe thunderstorm was approaching our area. The reason everyone was so worried was because the storm wasn’t bringing just rain, or wind, or thunder – it was also bringing hail.

In case you don’t know, hail is a form of moisture that falls from the sky as pellets of ice. These pellets can be as small as lentils or as large as grapefruits. Wow! A hailstone the size of a grapefruit could kill someone instantly if it hit him on the head. Of course, hail that big is extremely rare. During hailstorms all the hailstones are pretty much of a uniform size.

As soon as the clock struck 4:30 PM everyone in my department left as fast as they could they didn’t waste any time. They wanted to be in the safety of their homes before the hail started to come down. Then I saw our blue car approaching. RT had come early to pick me up to go home. I was glad. And I was also glad because our house is only 10 minutes drive from my work. So I knew we would be home shortly. I felt sorry for the ones who had to drive far.

When we got home, we turned on the TV news to see the latest updates on the storm. The storm came our way around 6 PM that night. We were fortunate we didn’t get any hail from the storm. The hail was concentrated in some areas of South Jersey, Delaware and parts of Philadelphia. We were relieved because we didn’t know where we could hide our car to protect it from the hail. We don’t have a garage.

While we were engrossed watching the news on TV, I received text messages from one of my friends. She lives in South Jersey and texted me about her experiences with the hail.   She said,

“I was outside doing some work in our yard. Then I felt something hit me. At first I thought that someone threw a small stone at me. I looked around to see if somebody else was there with me but I didn’t see anybody. Then I continued on with what I was doing. Then finally the hail started to come down fast. I ran inside the house for cover. It didn’t dawn on me what it was until I was inside. When I realized it was hail I grabbed my iphone and took some pictures and even a video.”

She was able to catch the hail in action. I had never seen hail this big. Back in 2009, I’d been in a hailstorm but the hailstones then were nothing compared to the ones she encountered.

The damage from the recent storm was really something. For example we saw on the news that a car dealership had all the cars on its lot sustain cracked windshields. Also, some people were hit on head with the fast falling hail.

My friend Sarah was fortunate that her car didn’t get any damage from the hail. She was so thankful to God for this. The tree that her car was parked under protected it. Many of tree’s leaves were knocked down by the hail.

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(Pictures and video are  not mine courtesy of my friend Sarah)

Coming from a different country such as the Philippines, hail was foreign to me. Although, I’d read stories in the Bible where God used large hailstones to kill the enemies of the Israelites, like my friend Sarah, I’d never seen hailstones before coming to the United States. And I’d never heard that hail still existed to this day.

After seeing Sarah’s video it made me curious how hail forms. So I went to Google and found this.

“Hail forms as a result of the strong updrafts common in severe weather systems. When a strong convective cell forms, warm air rises and cool air sinks. If there is a sufficient amount of supercooled water, accumulation of ice can begin in the clouds. Rising air will often reach a point where the temperature in the atmosphere is below freezing. Hence, ice will form. The ice is suspended in the air by the strong updrafts and will later fall back down. This process will occur over and over adding layer upon layer to the hailstone (If you cut a hailstone in half, you would see alternating concentric layers inside it). As the hail falls, it may melt to varying degrees only to be picked up again and carried high into the atmosphere to re-freeze. Therefore, very large hailstones form with many repeated cycles.” – from About.com weather

In the Bible there are 14 verses that mention hail or hailstones. Some of them can be found in the book of Joshua and the book of Job.

As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the LORD threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword. Joshua 10:11

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle? Job 38:22-23

For me reading about the hail in the Bible and seeing it for real enthralled me. And this proves only one thing that the Bible is true and hail is one of the many proofs.

 

 

 

Daughter Suing Parents for College Money

Building

Building

Oh, college life! I remember when I was a senior in college, boy, I couldn’t wait for the last semester to be finished so I could graduate and be done with schooling for good. Believe it or not, I spent a long time finishing my management degree. I guess I didn’t manage my time too well, hah! . The four year college degree took me 7 years to finish it. Yes, 7 long years…(how sad!). I’m not shy to admit this because that’s the truth. But I had a very good reason why I took so long to graduate.

I was a working student at that time. I was blessed to have an employer that was very supportive of working students like me. I was fortunate too for landing in an office job at that time even though I hadn’t finished getting my college degree yet. Getting a job in the Philippines is really tough if you’re not a college graduate.

I worked in an office in the daytime while going to school at night. This is how I paid my way through college. That’s why when graduation day came I was so happy. Working by day and going to school at night wasn’t easy to do. There were times that I had my typewriter (yes, a typewriter that my mom bought from a pawnshop because we couldn’t afford a PC or laptop) and my books all over my bed.   All the financial sacrifice and all the staying up late reviewing for exams and looking like a raccoon the next day finally paid off.

When I came to the United States I was surprised and impressed that the government here helps students to go to college. They have a student loan program where students can borrow money to pay for college and then pay it back once they finish their degree and start working.

Several months ago, while RT and I were sitting in the living room eating dinner and watching the news something caught our attention. There’s an 18 year old girl from New Jersey suing her parents to pay for her college. I haven’t heard something so ridiculous in my life. Suing your own parents? This is really an outrage. This teenager was suing her parents because they refused to pay for her college because she won’t abide by the house rules that her parents set for her. 

A lot of people, especially parents, gave their comments about this issue and most of the comments were not favorable to the 18 year old. Some said that she’s a brat and has too much of an entitlement mentality. Others find her actions to be disrespectful and vicious.

In Proverbs 13:24 its says:

Whoever spares the rod hates their children,

   but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. 

The problem with society today is that parents have become too lenient with their kids. Instead of being parents they play the role of their child’s best friend. Kids need parents who will support, guide, and teach them the things that they should do and not do.

Kids today need to know their parents are in charge in the house. And they also need to love and respect the ones who are in charge. Exodus 20:12 is clear on this.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

 

Our Director Died

Floral Garden

Floral Garden

I didn’t go to work today so I was able to sleep late.  I’m getting oral surgery which I’m not looking forward to.  I’m getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.  The only good thing about this is I’m off today and tomorrow yippee!

While getting ready to go to my appointment I decided to turn on the WIFI and check my Viber to see if I have messages.  And yes, I had messages from a work colleague/friend named Veronica and it was sad news.  Our Director died last night.  She had melanoma cancer. For the 3 years that I’ve been working there I knew that she’d been getting treatments because she took a lot of sick leave.  I was really shocked, I couldn’t believe she’s gone.  My friend described to me the atmosphere at work that day.  She said our boss called everyone in a room and then broke the sad news. Everybody started crying.  I’m working for a Catholic company. One of the nuns at work said a prayer for our director.

The news I received today won’t leave my mind.  I still can’t believe she’s gone. I’m hoping that she’ll be coming back. I remember not that long ago I was fishing for some information from my colleagues about her condition because she was gone for so long.  The last time I saw her was around January when we had snowstorms left and right (oh what a terrible winter we had this year).

I will never forget when she came to my desk one morning to call me to her office to talk to me about something.  She made a point to tell me right away that I wasn’t in trouble.  She knew I hate being called into someone’s office. I always jump to the conclusion that I did something wrong.  She looked at me smiling and said, “Don’t worry you are not in trouble. Okay?”

When I marched into her office I was surprised to see the HR Director was there too.  It turned out all that it was about was that they wanted to offer me a new position.   Someone left our department and they needed a replacement for that position immediately.

They discussed the position with me and I accepted it. During the discussion I said a joke in the middle of our serious talk.  I teased our director that if she was offering her position to me I want to decline the offer. She laughed so hard along with the HR Director and said, “Isn’t she a riot?”

Now, she’s gone. She lost her battle with cancer. She was such a sweet lady, always smiling and a very accommodating person.

While thinking about her this afternoon I remember this one song by The Carpenters, The End of the World.  I know this is a breakup song but there’s a part of the song that goes like this:

I wake up in the morning and I wonder

Why everything’s the same as it was

I can’t understand. No I can’t understand

How life goes on the way it does

Truly, when someone dies and they depart from the life here on earth the wider world never notices that someone is no longer part of the world we live in. The only people who will be affected by her passing are the ones who knew her and who loved her.  The rest of the world won’t miss her. Like the song says, “Life goes on the way it does.”

This thought is sad and scary. Why? I said sad because the people we will leave behind will miss us so much.  And I also said scary because our soul continues on after death and there are two possible final destinations.  Heaven or Hell.  If we don’t know where we will end up, that’s really scary.  Some of you might not agree with me on this but the Bible says there is really eternal life.

You will be able to attain this eternal life if you will surrender yourself to the one true GOD, and that is Jesus Christ, and accept him as your personal Lord and Savior.  It says this in John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.