Easter Thoughts

Easter thoughts: Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie were taken prisoner in World War II. Faced with depravity beyond belief– forced to live in deplorable conditions, they vowed to share God with fellow prisoners despite looming death. She writes in The Hiding Place: “‘You know, we’ve never understood why we had so much freedom in the big room,’ [Betsie] said. ‘Well–I’ve found out.’ That afternoon, she said, there’d been confusion in her knitting group about sock sizes and they’d asked the supervisor to come and settle it.’But she wouldn’t. She wouldn’t step through the door and neither would the guards. And you know why?’ Betsie could not keep the triumph from her voice: ‘Because of the fleas! That’s what she said, “That place is crawling with fleas!’ My mind rushed back to our first hour in this place. I remembered Betsie’s bowed head, remembered her thanks to God for creatures I could see no use for.” If God can use the fleas for our good then surely He can use our bad for the good, too. Quietly He works in our pain. He holds our hand as He assembles our lives. He transforms our fearfulness into thankfulness. He flips our good plans, our logical plans, right upside down for what is best. Still He works, even when we don’t know when or if it is getting better. Still He works when the blueprint doesn’t seem to make sense. Still He works, when it seems we are jamming the pieces together. Still He works when we are fumbling with the nails and the bolts. Still He works in the frustration and the mistakes and the do-overs. Still He works–outlining our stories, highlighting beauty in our pain– so we can be still and know.
📸: seiyastock

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