Thai cave rescue — the impossible can happen

After GE14, the best news I have heard so far is the rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The rescue, undertaken by an international team of British and Australian divers and medical personnel and Thai navy seal divers, was a phenomenal success! It’s a testament to the fact that no matter how impossible the situation, there is a way out — if we’ll put our minds to finding a solution.

I hope the international team, especially the British divers who discovered the boys holed up in a cave 1km below the ground two weeks after they went missing and who later joined the effort to take the boys out, where adequately paid. They put their lives out on a limb and developed a well-calculated mission to get the boys and their coach out.

There are several lessons we can learn from this rescue effort. Firstly, there is nothing that happens to human beings that can not be solved. No matter how impossible the situation, it is within human reality to find the resources to deal with it — to escape, overcome, resolve or let go. When in such a situation, we need to learn to get help.

The Thais did not have the specialised expertise needed to save the 13 but they asked for help from those who have the experience and skills to deal with it. Working together, they solved the problem.

Secondly, they worked together. Everyone in the team played his part. If one person missed a step it would have been difficult for the next person to carry on.

Thirdly, we need to be part of a community so that when one is lost the others will come together to find the lost one. Clearly, the 13 were. The Thai community and the world community were not willing to abandon the search. They were 12 kids whose lives were at stake and the adults in the world acted swiftly to rescue them. The community didn’t give up. Instead, they sought every help they could to save the 13.

Fourthly, we need to be highly motivated to solve the problem. Yes, the world was watching and the motivation was high not to fail. But, I think, the over-riding motivation was to save the 13. The motivation was that those boys and their young coach must be saved. The rescue team was singularly motivated by that one concern to save them.

Without the motivation, you may be intimidated by the daunting task before you and give up even before you begin!

The skeptics will say, “See. You don’t need God! We (human beings) can sort things out all by ourselves!”

I hope the skeptics are aware that the water pump broke shortly after the last person — the coach — was stretchered out. The timing was perfect! It broke after the rescue operation ended.

Can anyone honestly say that, maybe, God was not in this?

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