trapped in the darkness

I never write two posts in one day, but after reading Newsweek’s “Surviving the Darkness” I decided to make an exception. You may recall that a mine collapse on August 5th trapped 33 miners underground in Northern Chile, and it may be months before they are freed. Ever so often we see stories about the dangers they face. Today’s article is about the darkness:

Decades of research has shown the human body is built to function on the rhythm of the rising and setting sun… Disruptions to our body’s 24-hour clock can impair motor skills (proof: doctors who toil over long shifts are far more likely to get in car accidents). They can make us irritable or depressed. To feel the effects of those disruptions each day would be like trying to live life in a constant state of jet lag… But the physical and psychological toll of the darkness is harder to combat. A tired miner could sink slowly into depression, leading to debilitating emotional issues before or after he returns to the surface.

Do you mean to tell me that a life spent in total darkness is damaging? That we need light to survive?

I have a feeling the spiritual realm works the same way.

“I am the Light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

5 thoughts on “trapped in the darkness

  1. Anna,
    If those guys get out of there without any serious mental health issues it will be an absolute miracle.
    I am at a loss for words when contemplating their position.
    I did note they had bibles sent in and so I pray that they will also find hope and comfort in the Lord.


    1. Tim I just can’t imagine it. I feel cooped up when it rains for too many days, and cranky when I can’t get out into the world. When this is all over I’m praying that we will all get to hear their stories, and that they come through it well enough to be able to tell us.


  2. Anna,

    This reminds of when Corrie Ten Boom and her sister were in the Nazi concentration camp and they did not have enough to eat. Instead of starving slowly, they decided to fast and give their food to the other prisoners.

    “When we get out of here, it will take us days to eat properly again because our bodies will have to adjust,” said Corrie to her sister.

    “Oh no!” said the sister, “God will miraculously allow us to eat whatever we want without any problems.”

    Corrie Ten Boom’s sister died not long after this conversation in the prison camp. But eventually, Corrie left the camp and went to a hospital. There a nurse said to Corrie, “We will bring you some broth to get you started eating again.”

    “No,” said Corried Ten Boom, “bring me…” She listed off an amazing amount of food which she ate and did not have one problem.

    We, too, can pray for those miners to not have a problem when they come out of the mine. What God did for Corrie Ten Boom, he can do for each of them.


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