Many of us were glued to our TV sets as we watched history unfold before our eyes over this last week. We live in a world of network and cable news programming which consists more often of bad news than good. The story of the Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for 69 days gripped a nation and fascinated the world as finally, came a successful and joyful conclusion.
Their story begins on August 5th with 33 miners who had been underground
at a copper mine just outside the city of
Each miner has a story behind them. From the young Bolivian who had only been on the job five days, to the young 18 year old who had been working a few months. On the other end there were veterans who had worked 30 plus years and were looking towards retirement. Their lives will be changed forever and truly we can all agree it is a great, feel-good story.
I have thought a lot about this incredible event
and realized how much these men quoted their faith in God as the thing that
In a story on a CNN blog
it tells of the head of Campus Crusade for Christ International in
As I have reflected on this rescue effort I was amazed as those on the surface focused on the people and the technology that surrounded the rescue. Americans lauded the fact that materials and advice from NASA was used, while the Germans supplied the cables to hoist the capsule and other nations contributed with their own expertise to bring success to the saving of lives. The journalists present numbered over 1000 strong concentrated on these things, but in the midst of it all, many of these miners referenced that God was with them. One of them said, there were 34 of us down there, not 33 because God was with us. Another said, I have been with God and I have been with the devil, God won. The reality is that technology and the human spirit and will to live were very evident, but once again we must go back to God. Kneeling on the ground, Jose Henriquez acknowledged his creator. For many of these men fame and fortune await them. Will the ability of man be glorified or will the giver of life and intelligence who gives man his ability to create, restore and rescue be glorified?
Psalm 20:7 says “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God”.
By: Pastor David Jones