"Those poor kids are gonna die!" was my proclamation after hearing the extremely treacherous logistics and speculative reports regarding the trapped Thai Soccer Team.
I imagine that their families were overwhelmed with fear, anxiety, and impending doom as they hadn't seen their children since June 23rd, 2018 - the day the boys originally went missing. They didn't know what would happen, as they stood by the mouth of the cave, day by day, watching the military rescuers devise strategies to retrieve their children. One brave rescuer died. The boys wrote letters reassuring their parents that they would see them soon, even though their futures were uncertain. Heavy rains and diminishing oxygen were exacerbating and already challenging situation. An international team of expert divers, Thai Navy Seals, geologists, engineers and scientists converged to create a plan that would ultimately be the solution that saved the boys.
Then they emerged. Four by four, the children and their coach were brought to the surface and reunited with their families after 18 days in the dark.
So what is the moral of this story? Simple! Don’t. Give. Up.
Though not many of us have been physically trapped in a cave, many of us have been in situations where it looked like there was no hope. The odds looked insurmountable and we couldn’t see our way to the other side. We all have been there, will be there, or are there right now. At this moment, I too am sitting in a “cave” of my own where it is difficult to see how things will resolve.
As bleak as things may seem, it is important to remember that there is hope. Just like the boys in the cave who looked forward to the hope of being reunited with their parents, we too must look forward to better days ahead. As Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Just like the soccer team, we need to look past our current circumstances, and be excited about the promises of tomorrow.
So let’s apply the testimony of the rescued Thai Soccer Team to our own lives. No matter what it looks like, don’t give up. Have faith. Keep smiling. Keep praying. Keep moving forward.
Help is on the way.