Corrie ten Boom was a remarkable woman. Her Dutch family took great and costly risks to hide Jews from the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Helping a number of Jewish neighbors to escape, the Ten Booms were determine to provide a hiding place while the German Gestapo and Dutch collaborators hunted them.
Betrayed by a Dutch informer, the entire family was arrested on February 28, 1944. Corrie and her sister, Betsie, were transported to several camps until arriving at the infamous Ravensbrück women’s labor camp. They endured the horrors of their captivity while leading worship services with a Bible they had snuck into the camp. Betsie grew weaker and it became obvious that she would not survive. On December 16, 1944, Betsie ten Boom died. Just before slipping away, she told her sister: “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”
Corrie would learn of the death of her father and other family members. After the war, she returned home to set up a rehabilitation center for camp survivors and collaborators. Traveling the world to tell her story, she even came face to face with one of her guards. She overcame her feelings of anger and resentment to offer the man forgiveness.
She had a victorious perspective of a life of suffering and hardship. She chose to trust God with a larger picture than she could see. One of her poems demonstrates her amazing faith:
“My life is but a weaving between 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.”
Few of us will ever be exposed to such deprivation and devastation. Even so, we can choose to trust the Weaver of our tapestry. O God, help us to lean on You!