It wasn’t supposed to end this way. This just shouldn’t have happened. I expected a happy ending. Against all odds, and despite all the challenges I believed those men would be rescued. I held onto that shred of hope that they would find that submersible.
I think I thought it would be like Apollo 13 or the Chilean Miner rescue. You know, those stories that are gripping and enticing, where you sit on the edge of your seat waiting for that happy ending. I expected a made for TV movie on the incredible success of this rescue mission. They just had to survive.
I kept scouring the internet. Researching. Trying to understand how this happened. I wanted to know the odds. And when I did, I refused to allow those despairing facts to shake my confidence. Of course they’d find that submersible. I mean, we are incredibly technologically advanced, shouldn’t we be able to bring them home? Shouldn’t we?
There was going to be a miracle. People were praying and holding on to hope right up to the sad news of their demise. It was a gut punch.
I hated reading this story. My heart so heavy for all the families involved. I couldn’t help but wonder and think about their last moments. Did they know? Did they have a clue they would never be found? Was there time for fear or any other emotion? Did they feel any pain?
Five men sharing 20 feet of space. They were headed to explore an underwater gravesite that came into existence over 100 years ago. Who’d of thought as they descended under the dark and mysterious waters of the abyss, they’d soon be sharing that same gravesite. It’s eerie.
In a split second, 5 men were gone. Just gone. There’s nothing left of them. It’s hard to imagine.
It didn’t take long for the ignorant and weak to show up on social media with their jokes and cruelties. How can you make a joke out of death? These are people. They have loved ones. But, I guess I shouldn’t be shocked, but then again, I always am. My fault for expecting more from humans.
There was almost a callousness and insensitivity because these folks were beyond rich. They were billionaires. As if this makes it okay. I don’t get that kind of heart.
I am certain without a doubt, they would have given all their money to have been found, rescued and saved. But it doesn’t work like that; we don’t get to bargain our way out of death. It’s real.
Some are living on borrowed time having been blessed to escape the grips of death for just a little more life. Some are in their prime and death seems implausible. We don’t want to think about the finality of our life. But it is out there, and it is it coming. It is coming for all of us. Sooner or later, this life ends.
This life is done…… and then what? Well, we roll right into the next life. It’s called eternity and we all will receive it. We stand before a Holy God and He sends us to where we go. But long before that, while we are living on this earth, we make that choice.
So many misconceptions about eternity. People want to make it seem as if everyone goes to heaven, especially those good and kind people. We say it at funerals to comfort the mourners…..But that isn’t how it works. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that only those who make Jesus Christ Lord of their life will receive salvation.
I’ve been thinking lots about those five men. I so hope they were believers. I so hope that when that tiny submersible imploded into nothing, they were thrust into the arms of Jesus with their new indestructible body.
Everyone had eternal life. Where will you be spending yours?