Every year, during the chilly and grey Autumn months, I read The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom. I have been doing this for the past nine years and every time that I read it, God speaks to me through the very words that have been printed on paper for over forty-three years. Somehow, once I open the faded cover to reveal the familiar yellowed pages of my favorite book, I am immediately transported back in time to 1939. I am sitting in the bright, sun filled front room of the Beje or standing in the bustling Barteljorisstraat in front of the old watch shop window that reads, “Ten Boom Watches.”
Each time I read over the well known words and powerful phrases that I have read oh so many times before, they are somehow made new. God uses these words to speak to my heart in completely new and powerful ways, and after having finished the book, I always feel like I have been through a spiritual revival. If you have never read The Hiding Place, I highly suggest that you get on amazon or ebay and buy a copy for your own today. Over the years, I have bought several copies and given them away to acquaintances, fellow employees, friends, family members and have even sent them overseas in care packages to American soldiers, fighting for our freedom and safety. I like to think that by my sharing this book, that the powerful words that have touched my life so many times, may have made their way into the heart of someone that really needed to hear them at that exact moment in time.
God always manages to use an unlikely source for His glory. It always amazes me how influential our lives can be, if we only allow ourselves to be used by God and for His honor. David was a young shepherd boy, who with the power of God, slayed a nine foot, six inch tall giant. Through David’s story, we learn about how God intercedes for His people and delivers them from evil. Hosea was a humble preacher, who fell in love with Gomer, a beautiful woman who happened to be a prostitute. She was a wayward spirit, but with faith and an unwavering love of God and for his wife, Hosea manages to show us God’s unfailing love for us.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Below is one of my favorite excerpts from The Hiding Place. I hope that in reading this small piece of Corrie ten Boom’s touching testimony, it will make you want to read this compelling book for yourself.
“…suddenly I was afraid of what Father would say. Afraid he would say, “There’ll be someone else soon,” and that forever afterward this untruth would lie between us. For in so me deep part of me I knew already that there would not–soon or ever–be anyone else. The sweet cigar-smell came into the room with Father. And of course he did not say the false, idle words.
“Corrie,” he began instead, “do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain.
“There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill the love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or, Corrie, we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.
“God loves Karel–even more than you do–and if you ask Him, He will give you His love for this man, a love nothing can prevent, nothing destroy. Whenever we cannot love in the old, human way, Corrie, God can give us his perfect way.”
I did not know, as I listened to Father’s footsteps winding back down the stairs, that he had given me more than the key to this hard moment. I did not know that he had put into my hands the secret that would open far darker rooms than this–places where there was not, on a human level, anything to love at all.”
― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place