None of us knows what the future holds
but we do know the ONE
who holds the future.
I consider that our present sufferings
are not worth comparing with the glory
that will be revealed in us.
For the creation waits in eager expectation
for the children of God to be revealed.
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Corrie ten Boom and her family helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust by making their home a refuge (a hiding place) for Jews and members of the Dutch underground. Her family was arrested in 1944 due to an informant and her Corrie’s father died 10 days later while in prison. One of Corrie’s sisters, a brother and a nephew were released but Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Of her family members who were imprisoned, Corrie was the only survivor.
One of the books Corrie ten Boom wrote about her experiences is called The Hiding Place. The quote above is from this book. Here are several others:
“Dear Jesus…how foolish of me to have called for human help when You are here.”
“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 – let us pray that we may always know it!”
“In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.”
“Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.”
“How often it is a small, almost unconscious event that makes a turning point.”
“Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.”
How I long and pray for this kind of faith!