Thursday, January 29, 2009

the hiding place

i just finished reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. what an amazing story of God's faithfulness! i just keep processing it all in my head. it's the story of her and her family [mostly her sister Bestie] during WWII. they had such a love of people so when he there were Jews in need a shelter, love, food, and protect they risked their own well being for those in need. never stopping even when they knew they should to protect their own skin, it didn't matter. only sharing God's love mattered. they trusted in God with everything they had, he would protect them! this is a quote from her sister Bestie in the book which really showcases their devotion.

"Don't say it, Corrie! There are no 'if's' in God's world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety--O Corrie, let us pray that we may always know it!"

Bestie till the very end could only think of others and thanked God in ALL circumstances. She thanked him for fleas in their barracks even! the sisters had somehow managed to keep in their possession a bible, it was their life line. they may have had a hiding place in their home for Jews and extra food ration cards but Jesus and the word was their hiding place. they would hold worship and bible readings in secret for anyone they could get close enough. they bible was alive and breathing to them, they could see it's miracles in the concentration camp they were held in. and they were both over 50 years old! Bestie would pray for the germans who inflicted all this hurt and pain on them, while she was so weak and dying because of what they were doing for them. all she wanted to do was love on them, show them how to love. to her it was a blessing to be there, to be able to witness to all these people.

would i have seen it that way? would i have risked my life, my comfort to help those being persecuted? i hope my faith is strong enough. i strive to have a trust in God that can be enough. a faith that can move mountains, with a love that washes away any dislike i may have of someone. to go through such hardships and still be so joyful in the Lord. what a glorious place the world would be if we all had a faith like that!

this book gave me a thirst for God, to know Him deeper and to study his word closer. to be in love with Him like the ten Booms. what a gift that would be! i recommend it for sure!!

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