About 7 years ago, I watched a movie called, ‘The Hiding place’. It’s a movie about the Ten Boom sisters, Corrie and Betsie.
The Ten Booms lived during a rough time in history – what we all know today as the Holocaust. There were many at that time who secretly helped the Jews to move to a place of safety, because of the heavy persecution that the Jews were facing at that time.
The Ten Boom sisters along with their Father, did the same, for which they were arrested and taken to one of the concentration camps in Germany. The whole movie is about their life in the concentration camp. One of the sisters died in the camp, but Corrie was released in December 1944. True story!
Truth be told, it’s one of the heaviest movies I’ve seen thus far. It took me several weeks to recover from the movie. Just to think that people actually walked such horrific times, shook me to the depths!
A couple of months ago, I don’t know How, but YouTube auto generated an old clip of Corrie Ten Boom giving a message to a small church audience.
My curiosity was aroused coz’ I just wanted to see how she looked in real life. So, I started watching the video. I don’t remember everything she said, but there were two stories from that clip which kinda stuck to my memory.
One was an occasion when, after sharing the gospel to a small audience, she gave the altar call, and the man who treated her sister pretty brutally on several occasions in the camp, came to the front during the altar call to accept Christ as His Savior. She struggled and wrestled with the Lord to forgive. Long story short, she led the man to Christ and helped him find peace with God.
The second story was a rather interesting one. During their time in the camp, one day, Corrie had a terrible cold. Her sister Betsie asked Corrie, if she asked the Lord for a Handkerchief.
Corrie replied, “Oh! Why bother the Lord, with it, No I didn’t!” Betsie told her sister, “okay then, Let’s ask him for it!” Corrie didn’t want to fuss about it, so, that night, Betsie prayed. “Lord, Corrie has a terrible cold, Can you give her a Handkerchief? Thank you Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.” A simple child-like prayer!
Just as they said Amen, Corrie heard her name was called. She went to the window and there stood her friend who worked in the prison Hospital.
“Quickly, quickly! Take this little package; it is a little present for you.” she said. When Corrie opened the package, inside was a handkerchief!
Corrie asked her friend how in the World she knew she had a cold. She replied, “No, but I was folding handkerchiefs in the hospital, and a voice in my heart said, `Take one to Corrie ten Boom.”
Can you imagine the tears of Joy that must have flooded the hearts of the sisters?? Just to be affirmed of His Love and Care even in that cruel cell, is Heaven itself! Ain’t it?
“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.” Psalm 139:4
“…your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matt 6:8
I have often pondered what JOY really is? Coz’ things that I thought would bring me utmost Joy, only left me emptier than before.
Here’s what I think JOY is. It is not the presence or absence of circumstances thereof. It is simply the presence of a PERSON, irrespective of the circumstances. His name – JESUS!
“In Your presence is fullness of joy;” Psalm 16:11.
Corrie and Betsie must have got it full well!!! 🎊🎊
Pic Below: A beautiful pic of Corrie Ten Boom who is resting in Joy with Jesus, in mansions of Glory and endless delight! Her Labors well rewarded!
Blessed November! God bless the USA! 🇺🇲🌾🍁🍂🇺🇲