I’ve only read The Hiding Place once or twice, but it is a book that has stuck in my memory quite vividly. Some books you read and forget, but not this one.
While The Hiding Place certainly was anything but a pleasant, feel-good read, I’m super glad that I read it. How God worked in Corrie and her sister Betsie’s lives was amazing. We serve a faithful God–a God of the impossible. And it’s sooo important to learn from the past so we can be equipped for the future.
Certainly in the horrible circumstances that these two sisters found themselves in amidst concentration camp life, it would have been hard to be joyful. And yet, Betsie and Corrie learned to give thanks–even for fleas, trusting that God knew best.
True joy comes from delighting in God and resting in Him–not from everything being how we want it.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
As I was putting together this post, I remembered that I have three other books by Corrie ten Boom that I picked up second-hand a number of years ago. One of them is called In My Father’s House, and is about the years before The Hiding Place.
Now I’m keen to read it once I’ve finished the book I’m currently reading! One of my all time favourite quotes is one by Corrie ten Boom:
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a know God.
Only when we trust in God alone can our joy be full and complete–because truly we are complete only in Him.