Mules valuableTwo mules were issued with a death certificate in 1913. The certificates are displayed at the No 9 Mine Museum in Lansford Pennsylvania.  Mine mules were considered more valuable than mine workers and received more care than the men.

In the United States, some of the oldest mines used mules to pull the coal cars inside and outside the mines. One coal company owned up to 1000 mules. Many people think that the mules became blind because they lived in the darkness of the mines, but this is not true. The mines were equipped with mule stables which were kept lit at all times. If the miners were on strike or during shut downs, the mules would be taken out to pasture and outdoor barns.

mules valuable 1Mules were greatly valued, and considered more valuable than a mine worker.  Every mule driver was held strictly responsible for the safety of all animals in his custody. Abusing a mule brought instant dismissal. The mules received regular medical treatment. They were given frequent rubdowns with horse liniment. Each driver was ordered to be in the mines by at least 4 a.m. to curry, feed and baby his mules in preparation for a hard day’s work.

An Act of Legislature outlawed the underground mule stable in December 1965, making it illegal to house animals in mines.

What lessons can a Christian learn from the mine mules?

1. The mine mules were greatly valued.
Every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God is of IMMENSE VALUE to Him. 

Freedom EConsider that God was willing to send His Son to endure the harshest of all physical, mental and emotional stress and pain;  knowing that His sinless, perfect Son would become sin; and that because of it, they would be separated for the only time in all eternity as He poured out His wrath on our sin in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin,
to be sin for us,
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

God freely gave His most treasured possession in order to redeem us.  Therefore, we are very precious to Him.

Jeremiah 31:3
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. 

2.  The mine mules received the very best of care.
They were given a carer, were physically cared for and well fed.
They were given light, rest and comfort.

Every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God is kept by the power of God and showered with the abundance of His blessings.

We are given a Carer – the Holy Spirit, who indwells and abides with us, and will never leave us.  He leads and guides us; teaches and challenges us; gives understanding, convicts and corrects us; empowers and enables us; comforts and encourages us – and more. 

John 14:17
He shall be in you
John 14:26
He shall teach you all things
John 16:13
He will guide you into all truth

We are well cared for.  We have a Burden-Bearer who calls us to cast all our care on Him. [1 Peter 5:7] We are called to rest in Him and draw comfort and strength from Him.  We are given His Light, which He wants to shine forth to others. [Matthew 5:14, 16]

Above all, He has supplied us with food – not just food, but an abundance of food, in His Word, which gives us all we need to live victoriously for Him.

1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word,
that you may grow thereby.

Deuteronomy 11:18
Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds;
tie them as symbols on your hands; bind them on your foreheads;
teach them to your children.

Colossians 3:16
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

The questions remain:

Considering all that God has done to redeem us unto Himself;
considering all He has provided to enable us to live victoriously for Him;
considering His abiding presence,
always with us to strengthen, enable and use in His service . . .
How available are we to Him?

Considering we have continual access to Him 24/7
How often do we acknowledge His presence
and talk with Him as not only our Father,
but as our Friend and Sustainer of life?

Considering the full and complete revelation of Himself in His Word;
its answer to every question in life
and its promised help in any time of need,
How often do we feed on it,
seeking to know Him more intimately; receive from Him more clearly
and follow Him more closely?

Mine was the shame, the penalty.
The sin was mine. It was for me
He felt the nails, the thorns, the spear.
For love of me the scars appear
In hands and feet and side and brow.
Beholding them I can but bow
Myself a living sacrifice
To Him who paid so dear a price. 
Bob Jones Jr.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  1. optimisticgladness says:

    This is such a good reminder and a great analogy. Thank you.


  2. ptl2010 says:

    I am so precious to Him that He sacrificed Himself for me
    How precious is He to me?
    Will He ever have cause to say I know thee not
    For the things I mindlessly say and do
    To please those who love me not?

    Thank you Angela for reminding us how blessed we are in Christ.



  3. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much, Mentor Angela, for such a vivid reminder of how much He does for us, how deeply He cares for us, loves us and provides for us. This has been a really timely post for me, comforting me and blessing me, to see just how much I am blessed. God bless you and yours!!!


    • I praise God for blessing you Debbie.
      As I think of all He has done for me I am reminded of the words of a verse with an unknown author . . .

      Only to be what He wants me to be
      Every moment of every day
      Yielded completely to Jesus alone
      Every step of this pilgrim way
      Just to be clay in the Potter’s Hand
      Ready to do what His Word commands
      Only to be what He wants me to be
      Every moment of every day.


  4. Rob Barkman says:

    By God’s grace, as His redeemed people, may we all consider all He has done for us and diligently seek to serve HIm in greater ways. Thanks for the posting, Angela. it was much needed encouragement for us all. Lord bless you.


    • When we consider all He is and all He does for us, how can we do other than lay our lives before Him to use as He will? It should be our natural response – and one day soon, it will be, as we meet Him face to face and worship Him with NO distractions and NO thought of self or self will. What a wonderful day that will be.

      We are one day closer!


  5. Thank God for Jesus. He sees something in us that mortal man cannot see.

    Thanks for sharing, Angela. God blesses.


  6. admin says:

    Praise God he finds us more valuable than mules! He dwells inside of us and gave his only son for us. We are priceless in his eyes. Oh God, give me eyes to see as you see.


  7. branchl77 says:

    It is amazing where humans place there value as compared to God. We are His treasure and I repent often for letting my heart wander. Thanks for the insight.


    • Every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God is indeed His treasure, and when we stray, going about pleasing ourselves instead of Him, He lovingly and gently (and sometimes not so gently) draws us back to Himself.

      What an incredibly amazing God who loves us with an everlasting love!


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