So one of my goals for this new year was to read all the books I own and haven't read before I purchase anymore. So far, I have been doing well. I cannot believe how many good books have sat on my shelves for years and I have not taken advantage of them.
I just finished, "The Hiding Place" with Corrie Ten Boom. I had it filed under B not realizing that her last name actually starts with a T. I have heard of her, but never really paid attention. She was someone the older, legalistic Christians liked and I was not like them. No, I was on fire. I was a new breed. I was bringing in a new wave of Christianity. How silly I was.
However, I read it. This real life story convicted me to the inner core and inspired me and encouraged me. I laughed at parts and cried at others. This was a book that I had a hard time putting down.
I was so excited to see how no matter what they went through, they were willing and obedient to God and what He wanted. They found God in each instant of their life. Corrie's attitude was more like mine is and she reminded me so much of myself. I had always looked to her as a perfect pillar in God's army, but she was a little hotheaded like me. She had a sense of justice, like do. Her sister, however, saw with God's eyes. She looked at the soldiers, the prisoners, and everyone through God's eyes. I couldn't believe it. These people tormented her and she loved them and felt bad for them being lost. I was so blown away! She even found God in the flea infested room, and eventually we all read how God truly was at work.
We also found that God was performing miracles like crazy that no one can explain, except that it was all God! And Corrie sure gave Him the glory! He deserved it.
This story brought me to reality and made me realize that no matter the circumstance I find myself in, God is always there. We may not see it or know it, but He is in each and every situation.
I thank God for using Corrie to bring me down on my knees and humble my spirit. I thank Him for showing us that when the enemy intends to wreak havoc in a nation or in our lives, He is there hidden and showing He is still the mighty King. Just reading about the salvation of so many women in the camps and later the staff and how she had to forgive the soldiers, nurses, betrayers and even led some to the Lord, lifted me up and encouraged me during this time of spiritual depression trying to take over our country.
God will not be mocked and I know that He will show Himself to me and to others if we keep our hearts true.
Read this book, you will not be sorry.