Monday, February 2, 2009

Our Hiding Place, Too

This weekend I checked out, from the library, the movie The Hiding Place. There is something about visually watching this story that was very poignant to me. If you are not familiar with the story, which was originally a book, it is about a Dutch family, the ten Boom family. During WWII Nazi invasion of Holland they helped to save Jewish families from persecution and were then arrested and sent to a concentration camp. We are given a glimpse of their dehumanizing time in the concentration camp and their powerful story of how the love of Christ can even illuminate the darkest places.

It is a beautiful story and if you have not read it, or watched it, I would encourage you to take time to do so. I want to share with you some quotes that I jotted down while watching the movie. They are vibrant reminders to me of the truth that is found in Jesus, that is made clearer in times of suffering.

"No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still. They will believe us because we have been here" Betsy ten Boom (Corrie's sister) while lying ill and trying to encourage Corrie to cling to Jesus.

"Suffering does not mean that God does not love us. Sometimes we have to accept things we do not understand" Corrie ten Boom.

"Some questions remained but they are not to be feared. Our Heavenly Father holds all things in His hand even our questions" Corrie ten Boom.

"It is not easy thing to stand in the palm of God's Hand" Father ten Boom.

"With Jesus, even in our darkest moments the best remains, and the very best yet to be" Corrie ten Boom.

Dear reader, God is our Hiding Place. In Psalm 32:7 it says, "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance."

Corrie ten Boom was released from prison due to a clerical error (although we certainly know better that there are no errors in God's economy). She traveled the world and told her powerful story -- God's powerful story -- of the deep love of Jesus and powerful possibility of forgiveness to millions of people in over 60 countries.

God worked in and through Corrie's life, and He is working in and through ours, as well. Step in to His love and be covered protected in Him as your Hiding Place. Who knows what God has in store for you, someday, in sharing the story that He has given you, uniquely, to reach a hurting world with the life changing love of Jesus?

1 comment:

In God's Hands said...

Our family just recently watched this movie. Actually, it was on the same night that I expierienced a whole lot of physical pain. I had asked the Lord to better understand those in pain and the Lord answered right away by allowing pain into my life for a short time. The Lord answers the prayer to be closer to Him but sometimes we do not know what we ask until we see God answering because and as Father ten Boom said, "It is no easy thing to stand in the palm of God's Hand".

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