If you have not read, “The Hiding Place,” the life story of Corrie ten Boom and her family, stop what you’re doing, buy it and read it now! Come Sunday morning, I will have spent fifty years on this earth, and just this past week purchased and read it. What an amazing woman and family.
I am reading Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and wanted to gain a better knowledge of what was driving Bonhoeffer to make so great a sacrifice. So I picked up “Auschwitz” by Miklos Nyiszli (wouldn’t even try to pronounce that one), and “The Hiding Place” by John Sherrill.
Without consuming your day with a book review, it is simply the story of Corrie and her family being led by God to assist those facing the great horrors of persecution from Hitler and his regime.
I marked a page early in the book that really weighed upon my approach to the events that occur in my life. After Germany’s invasion of Holland, Corrie wakes up one morning to a sound in their kitchen. It was her sister Betsie making tea. She goes down stairs and they have tea, and then make their way back to bed. Corrie, in the dark finds her pillow, and on it (even cutting herself) a large piece of shrapnel.
Her sister Betsie repeatedly says, “On your pillow.”
Then Corrie replies, “Betsie, if I hadn’t heard you in the kitchen…”
It is Betsie’s reply that moved me so greatly. She puts a finger over Corrie’s mouth and says, “Don’t say it, Corrie! There are no ‘ifs’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety — Oh Corrie, let us pray that we may always know it.”
I’m pretty confident at this stage of their lives they had no idea all that His will would include, but page after page of their biography displays a people surrendered to their Lord.
As I read “The Hiding Place,” I could not help but hear the words of Mordecai to Esther, “…And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14