“I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God. ”
~ Mario Sepulveda, a trapped Chilean miner.
17 Days… no word, no connection… 17 Days… forty-eight hours of food… 17 Days… Darkness
At this point you know the Chilean mine story. After 70 days buried alive 33 men have been pulled out of the ground. But it is not the 53 days after being discovered that is astounding. It is the 17 days spent waiting—wondering if they would ever be found.
How did the men survive? They rationed each day to eat a few bites of tuna, a sip of milk, and a biscuit. What prevented their situation from becoming Lord of the Flies? In the darkness of the mine, what prevented the strong from killing Piggy—the weak—to preserve themselves? The quick answer is that would have been wrong. The men were not evil. But 17 days of hunger. Of silence. Of wondering. Of darkness. Surely they were tempted. Surely they were fearful…
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (Lord of the Flies, 202)
In the heart of darkness they were tempted. And in this darkness, ruled by hunger and fear, no light of wisdom or reason can shine. In the dark good and evil were no longer distinguishable. The cold darkness surrounded everything and desired to pull everyone down into the depths.
Only one light could shine into the heart’s darkness.
Thank God Christ has come.
Darkness has been overcome.
Light shines even into our graves.
“Even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.”
“Patience and faith. God is great and the help of my God is going to make it possible to leave this mine alive. ”
~ Mario Gomez, a trapped Chilean miner