By now you have watched for hours, talked with many, viewed countless photos, and heard many stories of the Chilean miners’ rescue. If you haven’t, here is a timeline of that event.
This story has gripped our hearts and inspired us as people and nations. All resources, time, efforts, acts of kindness, and prayers were sent with no question of cost. It is thought the rescue cost $10-$20 million and if it happened again tomorrow, we would do it again without hesitation. That is the value we place on human life.
Contrasting this, last night on the news was a story of a homeless man who was beaten with a pipe and stripped naked by a restaurant manager because the homeless man had failed to pay his tab. The police took the homeless man to jail. As of the time of the story, no charges had been pressed against the manager.
Witnesses and those hearing the story are outraged at how this man was treated, but only hours earlier most of us would have looked the other way if we passed him on the street. We would have cringed if he headed our way for a handout or brushed against us while crossing the street. What litmus test of deserve would we have issued before sending aid of any kind his way? His plight is one of many needing rescue in our world filled with despair. Have we failed to place value on people in our everyday, ordinary life?
Do we really look into the eyes of those we pass each day and see the beautiful soul that is within? Do we look close enough to recognize when this beauty has been hidden by a life of sorrow and pain and do all we can do to bring the beauty back to life? It is a soul ONE thought worth rescuing.
Why does tragedy have to strike for us to work together, give anything, stop everything, do the unbelievable, pray unceasingly for someone needing help?
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
We know this is more than just the giving of water.
Who can you give a cup of cold water to and what besides water could this be?