I recently finished listening to a book on tape of The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. If you’ve never read it you should it’s a powerful true story of a family who hid Jews in Holland during World War 2, who were arrested and spent time in a Concentration Camp. I was first introduced to the story as a kid in a comic book version of the story, and I can’t tell you how many times I read it over the years! Since then I’ve read the actual book, listened to a radio drama version of it, and seen the live action movie version. Every time I hear the story I’m impacted by it.
While the main theme of the book is about forgiveness, the part that’s had the most impact on me is completely different. When Corrie and Betsie arrive in Ravensbrook, a Concentration Camp, they start listing all the things they can be thankful for in this deplorable place. Betsie is thankful for the fleas, but Corrie says she can’t be thankful for them, but they later find out the fleas are actually a blessing. My favorite quote of the whole book is when Betsie quotes 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “‘Give thanks in all circumstances,… It doesn’t say ‘in pleasant circumstances.’ Fleas are part of this place where God has put us.” Whenever I’m in an unpleasant circumstance or are having a bad day I try to think of this quote and verse, and thank God for something within that circumstance. It’s rarely easy, but it’s worth it and makes me feel better.
(While I’m writing about The Hiding Place I should mention I have family in Harlem, Holland where the story takes place, and I’ve actually visited the city though not to the house where it takes place)
Day 241: Thank you Lord for the The Hiding Place and the impact it’s had on so many people including myself.
What are you thankful for today? Leave a Comment and let me know, I’d love to read it!