Friday, January 16, 2009


I just finished watching a movie last night I’d not seen in some time. In the midst of our move and reshuffling our DVDs, I saw this one and laid it aside to watch when I had some free time. It was a cold night following a hard day of continuing to try to get the house in some semblance of order. It seemed like a good opportunity to settle in to watch “The Hiding Place”, the story of Corrie Ten Boom’s survival through the Nazi prison camps during World War II. (Just a note about our copy of this DVD - we had the privilege of being in a Christian conference with the actress who played the role of Corrie Ten Boom, Jeannette Clift. We had opportunity to share with her personally about our drama ministry and she signed our copy of the movie.)

I confess to you that in the midst of getting settled into retirement, the thoughts of managing our finances presently, with our old home for sale thus, still requiring an outlay of funds until it does, has a tendency to consume some of my mental activity. It does create some tension, though I do trust that the Lord will see us through.

Corrie Ten Boom’s suffering in the camp, plus the loss of both her father and sister there, does put my own difficulty “in the shade” by comparison. Corrie herself, came close to despair and giving up on prayer, until her sister, in her final days before illness took her, reminded her that “there is no pit so deep deep that He is not deeper still!” Imagine maintaining a spirit of love and peace, not hate, as one’s life is being cruelly treated.

In truth, the relationship with Jesus can be deeper than any other chasm of crisis we may face. Be it the world that seems ever pulling man away from the truth of God’s Son come to seek and save, or even the financial stresses that are faced by many in these days, He is a deep “hiding place” of peace and joy that can keep the mind and heart.

Paul describes this depth in I Corinthians 2:9-10 "But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neighter have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

Oh, how the deep things of God call out to those who would know His heart by intimate contact with Him. The utter shame of it all is that we do not plunge into the depths on a regular basis. Instead we wait until we exhaust all other methods to cope before we turn to Him who is so deep and so full of love and wisdom that by comparison, our depth of suffering and anguish is like the shallows of a stream we can wade across without a bridge.

Oh, my friend, be encouraged in your trials. He is a deeper hiding place than all.


goooooood girl said...

your blog is feel good......

Amber said...

Love you guys.

Mich said...

Sorry i couldn't come this weekend...I will try and visit soon and help! I love you both!