“My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.”
― Corrie ten Boom
There are certain people who pop to mind when I think of souls that have been tested and tried… and have come through shining like gold. The ten Boom family were devoted Christians, serving their fellow-man. Their home was used for anyone in need. They were very active in social work in Haarlem, and their faith encouraged them to serve not only the religious community, but society at large.
During WWII, the ten Boom home became a refuge, a hiding place, for fugitives and those haunted by the Nazis. They risked their lives by protecting these people… Jews and students who resisted the Nazis, and members of the Dutch underground resistance movement.
Six or seven people illegally lived in the home in 1943. Other refugees would stay for a few hours or a few days until another “safe house” could be located for them. Corrie and the Beje group searched for brave Dutch families who would take in refugees, and much of Corrie’s time was spent caring for these people once they were in hiding.
About 800 Jews were saved and protected by many Dutch underground workers.
Sometimes when the laws of our land are completely at odds with the laws of God, we have difficult choices to make. Will we hunker down and let evil have its way, or will we pray and find ways to honor God in the midst of horrific circumstances?
There’s one final observation I want to make: the ten Boom family protested, but they did it quietly and with a great deal of prayer behind it. They didn’t hit the streets with loud boasts in protest and leave destruction in their wake. There are good ways to resist and ways that are not as effective. If Christians want to make real changes, it must be done with prayer and quiet strength. Give God the glory for success and praise Him every step of the way. 🙂