Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The 33

Time flies...it's been 33 days to the day that the 33 Chilean miners were rescued.

It was amazing to watch the rescue operation and even more amazing and inspiring how they kept their spirits up and what some of them did while they were down there and when the reached the surface...

"Jose Henriquez, a 55-year-old father of two, was the 24th man pulled out. A religious man, he had led prayer groups in the mine and had friends send 33 bibles down the rescue shaft."*

The oldest miner, 63-year-old Mario Gomez, who suffers from the lung disease silicosis was brought to the surface breathing from an oxygen mask. "Gomez, who has worked as miner for 50 years, was helped out of the escape capsule, and immediately dropped to his knees to pray. "I never lost faith that they would find us," he said."**

One lesson we must all learn from them is our faith must be anchored in the word of God so we can weather any type of darkness or tunnel we go through. 'Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.'***

"He who has faith has... an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well - even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly."**** God has His way of surprising the world...things turn out well - like with the three Hebrew children - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - in Daniel 3:10-30.

God always honors our faith...the 33 miners are a present day example.
Take a cue from them...and keep your faith flame alight.

References:
*http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/10/12/chile-mine-rescue.html#ixzz155vft8iZ
** http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0925972620101013
***Author Unknown
**** B.C. Forbes

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