Friday, October 15, 2010


Although I have not followed minute-by-minute the rescue account of the 33 trapped miners in Chile, the event’s impact has not failed me.

Take a moment to imagine…

Over 2,000 feet below the surface of the earth.

Tight space occupied by 33 men.

Let’s use all the senses… can you fathom how that might smell?

Uh, huh.

Furthermore, at first, no one even knew they were alive.

They rationed food. An incredible move of hope in my eyes.

After more than two weeks, rescue crews discover them, but the bad news at the time was - it might take months to get them out safely.

Think how mentally and physically disciplined those men had to be to wait an indefinite amount of time, even when they knew scores of people were working toward their freedom.

When the time came to slowly and meticulously raise each miner to the surface, one-by-one, what emotions seized their bodies? Relief? Fear? Hope? Doubt?

Now, thank God, they are all safe and relatively healthy.

They’re calling it a miracle. And I’d have to agree.

One of the miners said that it was like being reborn.

Forgive me for assuming, but I doubt any of you Dry Ground readers have ever sat in a dark, tight hole for 69 days waiting for a shaft of light.

But from a spiritual standpoint, have you been there?

Well, in one sense, we all have. We all start out lost, in a tight spot, without hope. We all need “saved.”

But I’m also talking about already being on the journey with Christ and yet still falling into that deep, dark place. Maybe it feels like you’ve been set aside, or put in “time-out” or maybe even forgotten. Light is gone, nourishment is scarce and must be rationed in order for you to survive the indefinite amount of time you might have to spend in the hole. In fact, you’re not 100% sure you’ll survive it.

Rest assured, rescue is on its way. You may have to wait, and you may have to wait a long time, but it will come. When it does, you’ll cherish freedom more, you’ll appreciate the light more, you’ll celebrate more, you’ll give thanks more, you’ll hug your loved ones more.

You’ll feel… reborn.

God has not forgotten you.

Have a great weekend, Dry Ground friends!

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lynnrush said...

Wow! Great post. Very moving.
I watched the first miner come out and I, too, was affected. I was brought to tears.

I couldn't even begin to wonder how it was for them. I bet some books will be written and we'll know about it in the coming months and years.