Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me. Psalm 23:4
Thirty three men trapped in darkness deep beneath the earth's surface captured the attention of the entire world. I believe God is using this powerful example to speak prophetically to His church about the urgency of the hour at hand.
One of the miners told the media that he and another man were driving through one of the dark corridors of the mine when all of a sudden some rocks fell and they stopped and right before their eyes was a white butterfly. It was very unusual for a butterfly or any other creature for that matter to be over 2000 feet below ground, but our God works in the unusual and the supernatural to care for His people.
As the men gazed at the butterfly the ceiling of the mine collapsed and their lives were spared because of their encounter with the little creature from above. The men said that if they had not stopped that they would have perished in the cave-in. The entire story of these miners is a message of hope and faith for all the world and the church of Jesus Christ to see and to take to heart.
Every miner that comes up from below is praising and worshiping God for His mercy upon their lives, not unlike the "born again" experience of being delivered from darkness into the light and glory of God, these men are experiencing what every believer does when he is saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb. A new birth, a new creation in Christ, is the Divine message of the gospel to the lost.
"I the Lord, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep You and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. Isaiah 42:6,7
This scripture represents our mission to evangelize the world and to rescue those who have been trapped in darkness. This accident in the mines of Chile is a Divine wake up call for the body of Christ. What if we as the people of God would lay down our worldly agendas and selfish motives and come together in unity with one mission, to win the lost at any cost!
In Chile when the disaster occurred men from different parts of the world left what they were doing and came to a far away country with one mind and one cause, to rescue these precious souls from certain death. There are too many miracles involved with this rescue to ignore the fact that God is speaking to His people. Millions sink into hell every year without Christ in their hearts to a place of eternal darkness never experiencing the light and glory of the gospel of God's mercy and grace.
The people involved with this rescue have spared no expense and have not concerned themselves with their own needs in order to set these men free from their prison of darkness. We would do well as the people of God to repent and to pray for what God has for each of us to learn from this message of grace and love for the lost of this world. The time is short and the Lord loves the world and His wishes are for none to perish but for all to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Every miner rescued is giving praise to God because He was obviously in the mine with them protecting them from disaster. Just as there was a fourth man in the fiery furnace with the three lads in the book of Daniel, so Jesus was with the miners throughout their harrowing experience. The white butterfly sent by God to warn of impending danger spared the men who stopped to gaze on this Divine phenomenon.
Will we ignore the message, will we continue to exalt men and flesh, will we continue building dead and lifeless structures without God, will we continue to separate from our brothers and sisters because of varied beliefs and denominations, or will we take this to heart and unify under the banner of Christ and complete the mission that the Lord Jesus Himself delivered to us 2000 years ago?
But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of then trapped in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, "Restore!" Isaiah 42:22