There’s a lot of things I’d do in Thailand if I ever got a chance to vacation there. I want to see the pure waters of Phuket City and the temples of Khon Kaen. One thing I’ve crossed off my list recently: going in a cave. At least, not after twelve teenagers and their soccer coach were stuck in a cave for nearly three weeks. Oxygen levels had dropped to 15% before rescuers dragged a three mile long oxygen tube to the boys.

It was a huge operation, and one of the heroes was an Australian anaesthetist named Richard Harris who was vacationing nearby. When Harris, an experienced rescue diver, heard about the trapped boys he immediately offered his services.

These particular caves have been described as “the Formula One of the diving world.” Harris made it through and stayed with the teens, sharing the darkness and uncertainty of their position. He was among the last to leave.

The whole affair reminded me of how Jesus left the safety of heaven to join us in darkness until he will, at last, lead us out into the light of day

Image may contain: 1 personPastor Matthew Lucio, M.Div, graduated from Seminary at Andrews University in 2010. Thence, he pastored in Tennessee and Iowa.

Matthew and his wife, Laura, added their daughter, Aerith, to the family in 2014 and now are expecting another girl in the fall of 2018. In addition to ministry, Matthew also founded Adventist History Podcast. Laura puts up with his podcasting, but their daughter, Aerith does not. So Matthew writes and records from a secure and undisclosed (from Aerith) location. Learn more about Matthew adventisthistorypodcast.org

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