What a great escape… we thank God that in His mercy and grace He looked down with compassion on the horrific plight of 12 boys and their coach trapped in a cave and delivered them from their hour of great trial. That is who our God is. He is our Great Deliverer.
All 12 boys of the Wild Boars football team and their coach have now returned safely to the earth’s surface after being precariously perched on an underground ledge for two weeks in imminent danger of their only place of refuge being flooded.
We have watched with great joy as we have seen four boys delivered each day, over a three day period, since Monday July 8th and now on the last day of the rescue mission the final four boys and their coach are free.
Just as God parted the Red Sea to enable His people to escape from slavery He is able to intervene in the most difficult and dangerous situations and take us to freedom. The rescue of the youth football team is a testimony to His goodness and His grace.
And, of course we salute the extraordinary team of international divers led by the British divers who initially found the boys and their coach after nine days of searching the flooded cave complex of Tham Luang Nang Non in Northern Thailand.
Christians around the world have been praying trusting God for a miracle for the boys since the boys and their coach were found and we rejoice along with the whole of Thailand and people of goodwill around the world that this terrible ordeal is finally over.
We will never forget the bravery and sacrifice of the Thai navy seal, Saman Gunan, who gave his life trying to free the boys and are reminded of the scripture, which says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
His death shows the sheer magnitude of the rescue mission with 13 people being rescued by two divers on each side, basically towing them back to safety, through a very dangerous obstacle course that required diving, climbing, crawling and squeezing through the narrowest of openings – all in the dark.
The families of these young men must be besides themselves with joy. How hard it is that their reunions have had to wait while the boys’ health is assessed but the good news is that their sons are alive. That deep cave could easily have become their tomb but thankfully they have a different story to tell.
They have a testimony of how the world pulled together, with experts from many nations lending a hand to overcome the most impossible of odds. We can all learn so much from this, that in our unity as nations there is blessing, that we can overcome anything that stands in our way. The world is so tired of war, destruction and the displacement of people. It’s amazing what can be done when we work together to bring our loved ones home.
Let’s never underestimate the power of prayer to turn hopeless situations around. As we trust God, He promises to be our place of refuge. Never forget the words of Psalm 50:15, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”