And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. – Romans 5:5
Have you ever had someone make a huge impact on your life? I am sure we all have. However, has someone whom you’ve never even met had an amazing effect on your life? Someone has for me. She was an amazing Christian who truly had the touch of God on her life – Corrie Ten Boom.
In case you do not know who she is, Corrie Ten Boom helped hide the Jews in Holland during World War II. Her father, her sister Betsie, and her lived together and ran a watch repair shop. Every morning and night, her father would read to them from the Bible. Any guests were expected to take part, and most welcomed it.
When German soldiers moved into Holland, and Jews started to disappear to the concentration camps (arrested for no known reasons other than hatred), the Ten Booms got involved with the underground. Corrie’s minister brother, Willem, also was involved, as was her sister Nollie.
I recommend that you read the book The Hiding Place. It gives a detailed account of Corrie Ten Boom’s life and the underground. It is a book about faith. Not the meager faith that many of us practice, but it shows Biblical faith like Paul and Silas had, like Abraham and Moses . . . I’m telling you, you really need to read it!
Right now, I am reading Corrie, The Lives She Touched, an autobiography. It is amazing. It is truly humbling me. To be blunt, most of us have absolutely no idea what true faith is! Many of us haven’t even a clue what it means to be a servant of the Lord! She encourages me to want to do more and be more for the Lord!!
Sometimes, I think about my age and wonder: if I had just committed my life to the Lord while I was younger, would I have accomplished more for Him? Maybe. However, I think about how when all of this started happening to Corrie, she was in her forties. I’m not quite there yet. There is still time for me to really be used for God in a great way. I may never be Corrie Ten Boom, but I trust that the Lord has work for me to do if I’m willing!!
I think about her life. How would I have reacted being sent to an inhumane, unsanitary concentration camp in Germany? How would I have reacted to the flea infested rooms and the malnutrition? How would I have reacted to the abuse? How would I have felt staring death in the face, knowing that I would probably be the next placed in the incinerator? Would I have had Corrie’s sister Betsie’s attitude of finding the touch of God in everything? Would I have struggled a little at times like Corrie but always in the end coming out more faithful and stronger? Would I have crumpled to nothing and died there?
Would I have taken the chances that Corrie did sneaking around to barracks where she wasn’t supposed to be in order to encourage people in the Lord? Would I have trusted God’s protective hand when I was trying to smuggle the forbidden Bible into the camp? I really do not know for sure how I would have reacted. Miss Ten Boom says “when we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus.”
This woman is an encouragement to me as a godly saint! I pray that God will help me to develop the faith and trust she had. That He will show me how to be meek and humble, with a true servant’s heart, like she was! I truly can’t wait to meet her in heaven one day!!
Corrie Ten Boom lived from 1892 to 1983. I was about five years old when she went home to be with the Lord. I know that really doesn’t mean anything; just a cool fact that I came across.
In The Hiding Place, Corrie says, “This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” It is amazing how many lives even today she has touched and will touch. How true this statement is that she made.
Let me leave you with one more brilliant quote from Miss Corrie Ten Boom:
“It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts.”