“I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God.” Mario Sepulveda, freed Chilean miner.
I’m currently sitting in a padded club chair at the back of my neighborhood Starbucks. There is a laptop computer nestled on my crossed legs (as my kids would say – “criss cross applesauce”) and a mostly empty tall house blend coffee on the round table beside me. I kicked off my flipflops some time ago and they are on the floor by my red purse, the smaller one that has forced me to cut down on what I carry around with me.
Clearly I have very little in common with the 33 miners in Chile who, as I type, are being pulled from their temporary home 2,000 feet below the earth’s surface. And yet as I read the story this morning on the web, I felt an immediate sense of identification with Sepulvada, the second miner to emerge. I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God.
I experience this feeling any time there is a big spiritual and/or emotional event in my life – usually when God is working to heal me and bring about some kind of rebirth in my heart. This kind of heart-work is always opposed, the enemy is always waiting in the wings to kill, steal, and destroy.
For example, last week I ran into someone from my past – someone I haven’t seen in at least 16 years and certainly didn’t expect to see while on a routine shopping trip to a nearby mall. After a brief and cordial exchange, I walked away to continue my shopping. That’s when the thoughts flew into my head – guilt-laden accusations and old negative “tapes” – a noisy din that grew increasingly louder. And then the still quiet, steady voice of Jesus – “that’s where you were. Because of Me you are no longer there, you are here with Me.”
I reached out for God then, in the midst of that noise when the devil accused me. I’m still reaching out, and my whole life is the story of His love bringing me to the surface. Back home to His Kingdom.
Let’s continue to pray for the miners as they adjust to life after this crisis. And may this event help us all to remember that our hearts have their own mine collapses, and to appreciate what Jesus has done – the depths to which He has gone – to free us.
Reach out for Him. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here (Romans 13:12).