“His way is perfect.” I cannot begin to comprehend this statement made by the Psalmist. While I’m doing all the things that take up my time and attention the Creator of the universe is in control of the big picture. I wish I could continually have the big picture at the front of my mind instead of getting so focused on the little things that often feel like huge things in my life.
I recently finished The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It was my second time to read this profound book. In the midst of my own struggles the last few weeks, I was reading a book about a woman who put her own life in danger to save those in need. She went through horrors I cannot fully imagine and overcame obstacles I will never have to face. In one moment I found myself grumbling about something, now insignificant, and in the next I was reading about Corrie and her sister praising God for fleas in their living quarters and the one piece of bread they were each issued daily.
What impresses me continually about Corrie and her sister Betsie is their faith and trust in God. His word was a lifeline to them. Jesus’ life was their blueprint for their own lives. Their hardest circumstances were a catalyst for them to fall in love with their Savior in a new way.
In the moments of frustration, discomfort, pain, waiting, and worrying trusting God is not easy.
I was encouraged my Corrie Ten Boom’s words… (“quotes from The Hiding Place” coupled with my thoughts)
“In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.” From the woman who experienced true darkness and evil.
“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” Oh that I would remember what God has done for me and see His hand in my life!
“Dear Jesus…how foolish of me to have called for human help when You are here.” How can I think to go to a single human being before calling on the name of Jesus? Like the children of Israel in Exodus, I forget how God has taken care of me in the past so I am quick to vent to family or friends, complain, or run to someone I trust for help.
“If God has shown us bad times ahead, it’s enough for me that He knows about them. That’s why He sometimes shows us things, you know – to tell us that this too is in His hands.” How I pray that I would have this perspective. To have peace just knowing that my Father knows about the circumstances I go through before I do.
I recently listened to Psalm 18 through my Bible app and it spoke to me now, in the circumstances I am going through, but my thoughts turned to Corrie.
My imagination paints a picture of Corrie, Betsie, and a group of women crowded together in a flea ridden building, hungry for God’s word. In the concentration camp their only hope is contained in the tiny Bible Corrie reads from. I imagine tears running down emaciated cheeks as they connect to the words like they never have before. Prayers are being whispered throughout the room. Hearts aching for God to hear them.
Psalm 18: 1-6
“I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him; into his ears.”
“You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance
against a troop.
with my God I can scale a wall.
As for God, his way is perfect;
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.”
“As for God, his way is perfect.” In the midst of the pain and suffering Corrie and Betsie went through He was there using them to share the gospel to the women around them. Who knows how many souls were saved because of these two faithful women.
“As for God, his way is perfect.” In the midst of the uncertainty, discomfort, frustration, waiting, and worrying He is here with me….and with you. He is working all these things for my good…and for your good. May we put our trust in Him alone and allow Him to use us to spread His truth in the darkness.
Please take time to read or listen to the rest of Psalm 18. Remember Corrie and her faith in the God whose “way is perfect.”