I finished The Hiding Place last night. It is a beautiful story of God’s faithfulness to His people during the most unimaginable horrors. I had forgotten that Corrie ten Boom is middle aged when she begins her work to help those who are hiding from the Nazis. A woman whose main occupations have been a watch repairer, bookkeeper and housekeeper ends up being the head of an organized underground resistance that saved hundreds and hundreds of lives. She is arrested, beaten, and starved- the prison cells that she lives in are bare and cold, the concentration camps are crowded, flea and lice infested and unbelievably cold. And yet she and her sister take their faith into these places, into these circumstances, and they still know that God is good. Some of the most beautiful passages are those that describe how Corrie is able to keep her Bible with her. She finds a way to hide it or a guard misses it. That Bible is used to minister to the lonely, frightened, hurting people everywhere the two sisters go. The truth of God’s word pushes out the darkness that surrounds them on every side.
While in a concentration camp in Germany, Corrie’s sister, Betsie, is very ill and is close to death. She tells Corrie they,”…must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.” And that is exactly what Corrie does. She spends the rest of her lilfe taking care of those that are released at the end of the war and who are broken and hurting, physically, emotionally and spiritually. She talks to thousands about her experience and shares with them how God was faithful and how He still is. How small seem the problems in my comfortable home when I read such a powerful book. How good to know a God who is so faithful- come what may!