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The Hope of a Life Submitted

throughWe’re digging into the Hiding Place starting this week and honestly, it’s captivating. At moments, I felt as if I were reading a novel with the vivid descriptions and vivid characters describing life pre-World War II.

There is the foreshadowing of dark days to come, but this chapter describes a party for Corrie’s generous father as his shop, passed down by his father, turns one hundred.

Knowing the horrors that would await, it’s hard not to wonder how she could not only survive but overcome the desperate circumstances she would endure.

Here’s Corrie’s take on it,

I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.  –Corrie Ten Boom, the Hiding Place

Seems simple enough. Seems like many devotions you may have read before, but the words that stuck out to me were “when we let God use them.”

You have strengths and you have weaknesses just like I do. You have positive and negative experiences. The good ones probably make you laugh or smile or elicit gratitude. The bad ones probably bring sadness, pain, or frustration.

The hope, however, is that in God’s hand, He won’t waste any of it.

God dropped this verse in my spirit on Sunday,

Your God has commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf. –Psalm 68:28

And then I couldn’t help but think about this truth,

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. –2 Corinthians 12:9

It hit me again that whether I have strength in an area or I have weakness, God commands it all and perfects His power in the middle of it. The only prerequisite is that I give it all to Him. Every experience. Every moment. He will use it to prepare us for a greater adventure.

Sometimes that greater adventure can be filled with some extreme difficulty, but His faithfulness remains even in the most tragic hour.

My prayer today:

Lord, use it all. Have my strength. Have my weakness. Have my joys and pains. It may get darker before the light comes, but You are the Light and You never fail. Take all of me–I want to walk in Your truth.

What are your thoughts? Have you seen experiences or traits prepare you for God’s plan? How?


hiding-place1Welcome to week 1 of our discussion of the Hiding Place (disclosure) by Corrie Ten Boom. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

6 Comments

  1. Love it!

    I had every intention of contributing this week, and I may still do it tomorrow. I am sleep deprived and having a hard time putting two thoughts together this morning. Definitely a state of weakness, even if temporary. 🙂

    May His power be made perfect even now in us.

    • Ha! I was going to joke that not being able to put two thoughts together has never stopped us before, but definitely jump in whenever you can. Always appreciate your insights (no joke). Thanks Dusty. 🙂

  2. As I’ve been reading The Hiding Place, I wrote down this very same quote you gave us here. It truly hits home as I look back over my life and see how God has brought me to this place and time, has used my strengths and weaknesses to His honor and glory. I thank Him for his continued work in me. Blessings, Jason!
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    • So true. I’m amazed looking back at the places and experiences of my life that God used to push me into something better and to this place. Praise God! He’s so good to us. Thanks and blessings to you too, Martha.

  3. Yeah, that’s a powerful message and mind pondering thoughts. In the end our strengths and our weaknesses will be used by Him for His perfect will. May He give us all strength to bury the weaknesses.

    • Thank you, Floyd. He’s never given up on us and we get to look more like Jesus--what a deal! 🙂

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