It was in Chile that a mine caved in August 6. We are aware of this kind of thing happening in our country and most of the time the end result is not good. They tried to find out if any of the men were still alive. They drilled—very carefully, down into the mountain where the men were. They ran a cable down into the shaft with a camera attached to it and were surprised to see the men still alive. It was amazing! The workers who were not trapped were excited and hugging one another. What a great moment!
Those announcing this then said it may be 4 months before they can get them out. One man said, being in there for fourteen days seemed like a long time. Four months will seem like an eternity.
The greatest problem these men will now have will be with their mind. It will take a great deal to keep them from turning on one another, or from losing their mind. I can’t imagine what this will be like for them and for their families.
Sometimes we are faced with what seems like insurmountable troubles. There may be times we think we cannot endure. In our world, there is much corruption. We see violence taking place all over our land. Some people are unemployed and have a struggle keeping food on the table. They live in fear of losing the possessions that are needed, like their homes. Some have gone to food kitchens for the first time in their lives and feel so ashamed they can’t provide for their families.
Others have addictions that have caused them to lose control of themselves and their families have been torn apart. It seems as if there is no end and for some, they throw their hands up in despair. Does any of this describe you or someone you know?
Let’s always keep this in mind: God is still alive and is in control (Heb. 13:8). He loves us and wants the best for us. We need to seek Him first in our lives so that we may have peace. Things may not go exactly as we would like, but knowing and trusting God lets us know there is something positive for us if we don’t give up.
These men will try to hold on. In our world, let’s do the same. Our hope and trust must be in God. Is yours?