Thanking God For The Rescued Miners: Today I’m A Chilean

The Chilean miners have spent 69 days in a dark, hot, humid hellhole.

They were under the ground for seventeen days, surviving on 200 calories a day, drinking water they salvaged from equipment radiators, or groundwater they dug out of the earth, before anyone knew they were alive.

It was after those 17 days that the surface world managed to send a probe down to the 2,000 feet underground depths where they were holed up.  The miners scratched a note on the probe that said, ““Estamos bien en el refugio los 33,” or, “All 33 of us are well in the shelter.”

Amazingly, against all odds, and beyond all hope, they survived.

Even more amazingly, they survived without killing each other.

What a feel-good story, as these men come out of their graves, one by one!

Their country reached out to the world for help – and help came.

But this is Chile’s moment.  And I hope the whole country basks in the same light that I’m sure those miners are or will soon be joyfully basking in.

I heard a billion people have watched at least part of the rescue.  I’m one of them.  And I’ve had tears in my eyes.

When I heard about the collapse, I prayed with hundreds of millions of others for survivors.  But when I heard that 33 men had survived, and that it would be months before they could be rescued (if they even could be rescued), I was daunted.

What would it be like to spend that kind of time with 32 other men in a dark hot hole 2,000 feet under the ground, not knowing if you’d ever come out of that hole alive?

I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like.

And then I saw the video of the miners, who seemed … content, even happy.

What amazing men.

And what amazing faith.

One of the miners named Jimmy Sanchez said, “There are actually 34 of us, because GOD has never left us down here.”

Another miner, Mario Sepulveda, said, “We 33 miners are walking hand in hand with God.”

That same minder also said, when he finally came up from what should have been his tomb, “I was with God and I was with the Devil, they fought me, but God won. He took me by my best hand, the hand of God and I held on to him I never thought for one minute that God wouldn’t get me out of there.”

The 27th miner to come out of the depths of the earth had the word “Dios” written on his mining helmet.  “Dios,” of course, means “God.”  He knew who got him out of that hole.

It was a miracle that those miners survived.

It was faith that enabled those 33 men to survive their ordeal.  Just as it was faith that motivated the magnificent men above to labor unceasingly to free those 33 men.

We can all imagine the hell that could have descended upon those men 2,000 feet under the ground; fighting like raving animals for the shrinking food supply, or banding into gangs that fought each other.  Faith kept them together.  Faith made them selfless.

In the same way, did the rescuers know that their rescue efforts would succeed?  Of course not!  It was faith, taking a step into the unknown, doing what was right, and praying that God would help them, that sustained that rescue effort for 69 long days and nights.

God can do anything.  But He loves most of all to work through people.

And today, after more than two months of working through people, we can all rejoice in a miracle.

May the world look at Chile, and bask in the very same sunshine that those dead-but-now-alive miners get to see this day.

Update, Oct 17: The shirts that most of the miners wore out of the mine said, “Thanks to God” on the front, and had Psalm 95:4 (“In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also”) on the back. And then under the Psalm appear the words, “To God be the honor and the glory.”

And on the sleeve of the shirts was the name “Jesus.”

[Youtube link]

The miners also asked that 33 Bibles be sent down to them.

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8 Responses to “Thanking God For The Rescued Miners: Today I’m A Chilean”

  1. Robbie Says:

    lovely sentiment.

    and the miners may argue they are American today as it was the tireless efforts (33 days straight of expert drilling – using his God given talents!) by American Jeff Hart of Layne Christiansen that successfully freed the miners otherwise the miners would likely have been trapped until Christmas.

    God bless them and their families!

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Robbie,

    You’re right. And it was incredibly gracious of Mr. Christiansen to drill that incredible hole, and then back away so that the nation and the miners could have their day in the sun.

  3. Robbie Says:

    thats class – must be a conservative!

    notice there was no finger pointing done by chilean pres – his concern was rescuing the miners and he actively sought help from other nations – unlike our manchild in chief with the gulf spill – turning away foreign boats, barely mentioning 12 deaths etc – see your recent article for more!

    would you rather have been trapped in the mine knowing you will be rescued or spend same number of days as a mute with nancy pelosi?

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Chile did good. REAL good. There was an initial fear that Chile wouldn’t have the resources to get those men out of there, and they’d die when they otherwise might have lived.

    Like you seem to affirm, by reaching out to the world, Chile showed class, rather than showing “weakness” or anything else.

    They put their people first, and they got them out.

    It wouldn’t just be Nancy Pelosi for me – ANY opinionated liberal would get me climbing into that cage to be lowered into the mine instead, given those conditions. That said, San Fran Nan talking is the psychological equivalent of scraping nails across a chalkboard for me…

  5. HL Says:

    WHAT an inspiration this event has been! WONDERFUL!

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    It WAS wonderful to have such a heartwarming story of the triumph of the human spirit.

  7. HL Says:

    Michael, a friend sent me a u-tube video entitled, “What did the miners in Chile say on their shirts?” If I knew how to post it here for you to see I would. Please check it out at u-tube.
    It is wonderful!

  8. Michael Eden Says:

    I found it. Thanks for letting me know about that. Turns out I had more tears of joy for those miners, after all!

    Here it is:

    [link]

    The shirts that the miners wore out of the mine said, “Thanks to God” on the front, and had Psalm 95:4 (“In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also”) on the back. And then under the Psalm appear the words, “To God be the honor and the glory.”

    And on the sleeve of the shirts was the name “Jesus.”

    The miners also asked that 33 Bibles be sent down to them.

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Praise be to the God who delivered those brave men.

    I’ll update the article to include that.

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