Chilean Miners


What was your day like yesterday?  I personally had a very mundane day. Nothing too exciting.  I woke up had staff meeting at church, ate lunch at mississippi sweets, did a bit of work at home, took my wife to the doctor and finished off the night by going to men’s small group at the church office.  Most of us would probably tell a tale similar.  Work, dinner, TV, sleep.

But for 33 men in Chile there was quite a different story being spun.  For those 33 men and their families, their lives were forever changed.  Imagine spending the last 2 months wondering if your husband or father was going to come home?  Imagine waking up each morning with an empty spot in bed next to you, or a chair at the dinner table unoccupied.

What about being one of the men stuck downstairs?  Think about what it would be like to be trapped with over 30 other men for almost 3 months?  Imagine the stench, B.O. fecal matter, urine, bad breath.  Can you imagine the ecstasy they must have felt upon being rescued?  I’ll be willing to bet that every one of those men feel a debt of gratitude toward the rescuers.

So, what about you? Psalm 40:2 is so amazing.  Let’s read it in two translations.

NIV
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

NLT
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

He lifted me out of a slimy pit of despair.  Isn’t that what Christ did for all of us?  We were trapped, all of us for far more than 3 months.  We were caught in a web of sin, twisted up in it’s vileness.  But, Jesus.  I could stop the sentence right there.  But, Jesus came and rescued us.  Gave us hope.  What an awesome God we serve.

What’s more?  We don’t owe Him anything.  He just keeps giving and giving and giving, and all He asks is that if we love Him, we keep His commandments.  Or we honor His wishes.  This Guy (excuse the possible disrespect involved with that statement) saved each one of us.  What are you doing to thank Him?  If someone literally pulled you out of the pit like the Chilean miners were in, wouldn’t you go around telling everyone about that ones heroism?  I know I would.  How about the One who saved you from the eternal pit of fire and despair?  Go tell someone about the Hero that saved your life.

 

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  1. Dan says:

    One of the first things that was done to help these men trapped 2200 feet underground was to drill a small hole for supplies such as oxygen and fresh water, Gods main resources to sustain life, food , games, (dominos), reading materials, and one of the utmost important things as a human being, personal hygiene products, (soap, deodorant, and toothbrushes and toothpaste). This last group to many may seem like it should be at the bottom of the list but it is closer to the top in terms of survival. Take the leper for instance. These were people who did not have access to places to clean themselves properly or were just plain lazy. I do understand the Bibles reference leperesy as sin but in the physical world it’s plain cleanliness and avoidance from infections. The doctors at the top understood what cleanliness means to a persons well being. Try going a weekend or more without brushing your teeth or taking a shower. I guarantee you will not want to mingle with friends or even like yourself very much. As each man came from the bowels of the earth they appeared to be clean shaven, were not afraid to make human contact, and nearly everyone of them if not all gave Glory to God for keeping them sane and bringing out of the clutches of hell. There was one man who made sure that there was a time each day given to prayer. I’m sure it didn’t take long for each of these men to realize the importance of this. Even though this is the last sentence this is number 1 when it comes to sustaining our lives as Christians. Without it we are doing nothing more than fueling our bodies with material things that will keep us going. The ultimate resource in our daily walk with God comes from our daily time spent with Him. This I will not dare you to do as I did with cleanliness. We should never test if we really need His encouragement, guidance, and love each day. This is our only hope in this world. Right now the BIG story is the miners rescue and fake foreclosures. This is only a smoke screen to the other dangers that we live in everyday. Be vigilant and give all Glory to God everyday. Not only the one where He rescued you from the depths of the earth.

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