I have spent many hours over the past twenty or so years poring over the inspirations of those who have gone before; those whose lives, no matter how insignificant, mattered in the above-the-line scheme of things. Their stories have inspired me–I learn from them–I draw strength and courage from them. Here is one of my favorites–Miss Corrie ten Boom, one of my most beloved mentors in the faith. Be blessed by this timeless story of a God Who still acts in the lives of ordinary men and women. Kathy
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3, 5,6).
The Protection of the Most High
Corrie ten Boom
Many people came to know and trust the Lord during World War II. One was an Englishman who was held in a German prison camp for a long period of time.
One day he read Psalm 91:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
‘Father in heaven,’ he prayed, ‘I see all these men dying around me, one after the other. Will I also have to die here? I am still young and I very much want to work in Your kingdom here on earth.’
He received this answer: ‘Rely on what you have just read and go home.’
Trusting in the Lord, he got up and walked into the corridor, toward the gate. A guard called out ‘Prisoner, where are you going!’
‘I am under the protection of the Most High.’ He replied. The guard came to attention and let him pass, for Adolf Hitler was known as ‘the Most High.’
He came to the gate, where a group of guards stood. They commanded him to stop and asked where he was going.
‘I am under the protection of the Most High.’ All the guards stood at attention as he walked out the gate.
The English officer made his way through the German countryside and eventually reached England, where he told how he had made his escape.
He was the only one to come out of that prison alive.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
God has a telescopic and a microscopic interest in us: The whole world is in His hands; the hairs of our head are numbered.