Choosing God ! The Ultimate Weapon of Survival
"I think I had extraordinary luck. I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God,"- Mario Sepulveda (Chilean Mine Survivor, Yahoo News)
These are the exact words of one of the 33 miners that had been trapped in a collapsed mine in Chile for more than two agonizing months, as quoted by Yahoo News this morning. I remember when the story first came out, and it was yet not possible to establish audio communication with the workers, a Jehovah Witness send a note to his family thanking "Jehovah his God", and reassuring them that he was OK. He even assured them that they had no need to worry because he KNEW he would be rescued. What faith! Here is a man that obviously needs reassurance, and instead it is he the one lifting his family's morale. It goes to show that in the worst moments in life it is our belief in God or an Almighty power beyond our understanding, the very last thread fasting us to life. As claustrophobic as I am, I can't even imagine the horror of being trapped in darkness for one day, lest 2 month!
This is when faith strikes me as being the ultimate weapon for survival. See, faith goes beyond believing because believing still allows space for disappointment. Not so with knowing. When you know something there is no wavering, no doubts. By knowing, you can actually see that which hasn't happened yet as if
it had already taken place. Faith is almost like warping time. In fact, according to certain studies events are literally happening before we can even become aware of them! Take for example a study conducted in 1965 by Kornhuber and Deecke. The experiments produced in these studies
demonstrated that there is a characteristic
electrical signal in the brain, which they called a readiness potential
or Bereitschafts potential, that fires seconds before voluntary hand movements. In1985 another scientist named Benjamin Libet, demonstrated again that that readiness
potential takes place before the subject is aware of it, before they can even know what they are about
to do. Libet was recipient of the 2003, Virtual Nobel Prize in Psychology for his pioneering achievements in the experimental investigation of consciousness, and summarizes his findings in his own book, Mind Time. A more recent test in
2008, showed that a forthcoming action can be detected in the brain up
to 10 seconds before it enters into the subject's awareness.
Now, if we apply all these scientific findings to the concept of faith, then this could mean that before we even prepare to ask God for something in prayer, the prayer may have already reached God seconds before, which means our answer can be on its way before we even conclude the prayer! Astonishing! What kind of advance technology is this? Interestingly, the Christian scriptures say that Jesus once told his disciples "God your Father knows what things you are needing before ever you ask them." Now, if you doubt that the most powerful being in this universe has wired into us a communication port that empower us to instantly communicate with him, go ask those miners!
These people have demonstrated great faith in God and are making history as participants of the most remarkable feat of
survival in human history. I
am so happy that they are all out, and reunited with their loved ones.These are the kind of people that strengthen our faith in God and His unsurpassed powers to console us in difficult times. My heart and love goes out to them.