This morning I read a short article about the 33 miners in Chile who were trapped underground by a mine collapse in 2010. They waited in the dark for 17 days for any kind of contact, and then for over two months until they were finally rescued. There was no way they could save themselves; they had to wait in the dark for help to come from those up on the surface who would be seeking to find them and save them. Being anxious or worried would not cause them to be rescued any faster. They had to put their trust in those above and wait patiently.
I could not help but think about how many times in life we find ourselves in circumstances where we cannot save ourselves. We simply must wait on help to come from above, from our Heavenly Father. Unlike the rescuers of the miners, our Heavenly Father does not have to first search for us, He knows exactly where each of us is. We are told over and over again in the Bible to trust the Lord and to wait for Him to act. Psalm 21:14, Psalm 37:7,34, Proverbs 20:22 for starters.
The story of the miners and the picture it placed in my mind helped me to understand better that just because at times it may feel like I am sitting and waiting in the dark (i.e., not understanding what is going on) and nothing is happening, it is not so. The miners could not see the work and efforts of their rescuers, but there was a lot of work going on. The miners simply had to trust and wait. Even more so, as I ‘sit and wait’, I can trust that my Heavenly Father is at work arranging things in His perfect timing. I do not have to see or understand for it to be so.
Some verses from Psalm 37 that have been of encouragement to me: (from the CSB version)
v. 3 “Trust in the Lord…”
v. 5 “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
v. 7 “Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him.”
v. 34 ” Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land.”
v. 39-40 “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, their refuge in a time of distress. The Lord helps and delivers them; he will deliver them from the wicked and will save them because they take refuge in him.”
Trust in the Lord and wait for Him…that’s a track in the sand that we can follow confidently!