Last night I watched the conclusion of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. It was a proud moment for Chile and the world. There was much to be proud of; the Chilean government assembled a rescue team that consisted of the best people and the best technology that Chile and the world had to offer.
Watching these men come up, seeing the reunion with their families and fellow workers brought tears to my eyes. As the program concluded, a succession of the actual moments when each of the 33 miners got out of the capsule was shown. As I saw it, only one dropped to his knees and thanked God. This rescue was a miracle from God and only one showed visual appreciation and thankfulness for God’s miracle of deliverance from the bowels of the earth after 69 days. (I do not know the hearts of the others.)
This miner’s actions reminded me of the ten lepers; men whose situations was also desperate and hopeless, and only one came back to thank Jesus for the healing miracle. One out of ten for the lepers and one out of thirty-three for the miners; I guess not much has changed over the last 2000 years…in all things be thankful.