All of us have been moved the heroism of those involved in rescuing the Thai boys from a cave in the northern Chiang Rai province. Twelve boys of the now famous Wild Boars youth soccer team and their coach were trapped from June 23rd until recently. What was meant to be a few hours of exploration, turned into weeks of anticipation. Would they survive? What was the coach thinking? What route might the rescuers take to pull the boys out of danger? The questions and concerns mounted each passing day.
As you know the boys and the coach were rescued! Not without sacrifice. One Navy Seal lost his life helping in the rescue attempt. (Now, that’s a hero!) And many others from around the globe gave money, time, energy, etc., to help these helpless young men who found themselves in a predicament they never dreamed of as they entered their expedition. The boys will return to their homes and schools after their brief recovery time. Life will never be the same. Some are expecting a movie out of this sooner than later. I’m sure it will be inspiring.
I’m reminded of another cave experience in the bible. One of my favorite stories from the life of David is when he was in the Cave of Adullam with his mighty men. (You may read its entirety in—2 Samuel 23:8-17) They were in the stronghold—danger—and we find this… “So, the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David…” (Vs. 16) Did they have to risk their lives? No. Did they do it to be rewarded? No. They did it naturally due to their love for the King—King David. And they worked together, in unity, for a great cause. They loved David and he was so moved that it lead him to Worship the King!
There are people in “caves” all around us. Someone needs to rescue them from their gradual “death.” Is it you? Is it me? Is it us? May we have the same courage as these cave dwellers we’re considered today. And may it be done in the name of love!
This is my command: Love each other. ~John 15:17
Until Next Time…