ON WE GO! – July 11, 2018
Submitted on July 11, 2018
For many of us over the past two weeks, our attention has been gripped by the ordeal of the Thai youth soccer team, in which twelve young boys and their coach were trapped inside a cave by rising flood waters. As day after day unfolded, we alternated from being alert to the news, to offering earnest prayers for the boys’ safety. Now, after eighteen anxious days, we are thankful and elated that all of those trapped have been brought to safety.
Many dimensions of this episode can be noted, but today I write in recognition of the raw courage that was exercised by all of the people involved. There were the youths themselves who endured many days of complete darkness inside a cave before being discovered. There were two British divers who, for more than two miles, kept searching extremely murky waters filling the cave’s crevices. There was an Australian physician who unselfishly put himself at risk to reach the boys and attend to them until they could be removed from the mountain. In addition, there were dozens of other divers and rescue personnel who placed themselves at great risk to save others who were trapped.
I have seen raw courage displayed in many forms, but seldom have I seen it exercised in a more pure and unselfish fashion than in the Thai cave rescue operation. What an example! I thank God for the lives and courageous actions of the many people involved.
On We Go!