I had the privilege of seeing Corrie ten Boom when I was younger and also visited her family home in the Netherlands in Haarlem and saw the real hiding place where many Jew and Gentile refugees were hidden during WWII. What an inspiration and great teacher she was.
God really used her even in the midst of such tragedy and sorrow as her beloved sister died in the concentration camp that Corrie got released from because of a clerical error.
Ten days after her release, all the ladies in her age bracket were sent to the gas chambers. Such horror to endure, but God! He used her mightily in the decades ahead yet there were times when even Corrie ten Boom felt cut off from the Lord.
In such a time of despair, she once said to the Lord, “Have you forgotten your Corrie?”
In the following story Corrie tells about a time when she and her sister Betsie were in the concentration camp in Ravensbrück, and she had this terrible cold. She told her sister Betsie how much she just wished she had a handkerchief. Of course, handkerchiefs were impossible to find in that place. Betsie then suggested that Corrie pray for one, and Corrie just laughed at that ridiculous idea.
So, Betsie prayed. She said: “Lord, you see my sister, Corrie, here, has a very bad cold, and in Jesus’ name, I ask you TODAY for a handkerchief for her. Amen.”
Corrie tells that shortly after that she heard someone call out her name. She went to stand near the window of the barracks where she saw a friend of hers, also a prisoner, and who worked in the hospital in Ravensbrück.
“Here,” her friend said. “Take this! I’m bringing you a little present.” She pressed it into Corrie’s hand.
“I opened the little package,” said Corrie, “and it was a handkerchief!”
“How did you know I needed a handkerchief? Did you know that I have a cold?” Corrie asked.
“No,” said her friend. I was sewing handkerchiefs from an old piece of sheet, and there was a voice in my heart that said, ‘Bring a handkerchief to Corrie ten Boom!’”
“That little hanky made from an old piece of a sheet was a message out of the Heavens to me!” tells Corrie. “It told me that there is a Heavenly Father who hears, when on a tiny planet, the Earth, one of his children prays for an impossible, small thing; a handkerchief. And the Heavenly Father says to one of his other children, ‘Bring a handkerchief to Corrie ten Boom!’”
Corrie continued: “That is something the Apostle Paul calls ‘The foolishness of God‘… that is so much wiser than the wisdom of mankind. You can read it yourself at home. It’s found in 1st Corinthians chapter 1 and 2.”
“Does God answer all our prayers? Well, most of the time He does,” she continued. “Why?you might ask, not every request we make? Well, you see, because He knows what we do not know. He knows everything. Someday, when we are in Heaven, we will thank Him for all the answered prayers, (where He gave us what we asked), and maybe even more for the unanswered prayers. Then we will see it from His point of view, and that God never made any mistakes.”
Not sure who originated the above story but it was so worth retelling. If you don’t know much about Corrie ten Boom or have not heard of her before, look up her writtings, read more about how she used her life to glorify God, watch the movie The Hiding Place.
Be blessed and ask God how should I spend my days.
We can’t all be Corrie’s but God has a plan and purpose for us all. God never forgets us and desires us to seek His will. Live out your purpose boldly as you strive to…
Interesting fact: Her birthday gift was going home to heaven as she left this earth the very date she was born 91 years young ~April 15, 1892 – April 15,1983. Thank You, Lord, for the gift of Corrie and all we can learn from her legacy.
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