Out of the Depths
I've been following the saga of these Chilean miners since the discovery that they were still alive 17 days after the collapse of the mine. When the reports came that they may not be able to be rescued until December I kind of felt that I was suffocating with the idea of being trapped underground for so long....
Perhaps I'm claustrophobic (I'll refer that to my psychologists son & daughter) but I really could not conceive anybody being able to survive like that for so long. Then on Tuesday 12th of October some 69 days later they said that the rescue mission was a go! I waited past midnight to see the capsule return to the surface with the first miner, pumping my fists and shouting 'Praise God' and 'Thank you Jesus' in a wonderful celebration of LIFE! I laughed, cried and celebrated the enormity of the human spirit as they emerged one by one until all 33 were accounted for.
Then it hit me ( I can be so slow sometimes):
Every time we repent, it's like entering that Phoenix capsule that brings us out of the depths, out of the dark, into the light and into the arms of the One who loves us so much.
Every time we repent there is this whooping and fist pumping and celebration in Heaven just as those who awaited the arrival of the capsule to the surface did for each rescued miner.
Jesus mapped out the rescue plan, the cross was the capsule.
I was called to reflect on Psalm 129:
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:
If, you, O Lord, mark iniquities,
Lord who will stand?
but with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
Let Israel wait for the Lord.
For with the Lord is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
and he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.
I encourage everyone who find themselves in the dark to cry out to God and he will hear you. And even when you find yourself getting by in the dark keep an eye out for the white butterfly; it might just save your life (but that is a whole other story). Peace.
Hi, welcome to my weekly blog. I'm deacon Michel and I love blogging and the healthy exchange of constructive ideas. Now my mind has been known to wander on a million different things all at once so don't be surprised at what you find here. I often scratch my head and go 'Huh?' at my own thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.
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