When Fr. Julian and the group of us got to enter the precious metals mine in El Corazón, Ecuador, we looked at the tunnel burrowed into the mountain. You could walk right up to the entrance and look in. What you could see was an endless dug-out tunnel with little train tracks that just kept going into the murky darkness. A couple of lights along the way, water dripping down here and there.
But what was most obvious was the sign right outside the entrance. “Peligro.” Danger. Digging and transporting rocks mean that there could be an accident and one could fall right on your head. Going in the mine could be the end of your life. Danger.
So, as we stood there looking at the hole in the mountain that we were going to enter, the engineer Miguel came over with a few gifts for us. “You can’t enter without these.”
He had seven bright yellow helmets.
The helmets are the thing that gives us confidence to go inside.
We have a mine in our hearts, but we are afraid to go in to find the gold. Why? Because there is a very obvious sign hanging right outside the main entrance: danger.
Going into the mine of our hearts could mean the end of our life. How will the practical needs of life get taken care? What about the relationships and activities and reputation I already have, will they come to an end?
But the Lord gives us His helmet: Hope in His salvation.
But let us who are of the day be sober putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet the hope of salvation. (1 Thes 5:8)
Don’t be afraid of the danger of mining your heart. Hope in the Lord. Trust in Him. You will be taken care of – and you’ll find His Gold.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Mt 6:25,32-33)