All things…all circumstances…Give thanks…

All things work together for good…(Rom 8:28)

give thanks in all circumstances…(1Thess 5:18)

Corrie and Betsie ten Boom’s family hid Jews from the Nazi’s during the Holocaust in WWII. In 1944 they were arrested and put into a concentration camp. Their barracks were filthy and infested by swarms of biting fleas. Surprisingly though, they continued to thank God for everything, even the fleas.

Even amid their horrible conditions, Corrie and Betsie shared the message of Christ and held nightly Bible studies with the other women in their barracks. The Nazi police heavily monitored areas all around them but their Bible studies where never interrupted. It wasn’t until months later that they discovered why. The Nazi’s feared entering their barracks because of the infestation of fleas. Hundreds of women were able to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, people were comforted by Christian fellowship, and spiritually nourished by God’s Word, in large part because of fleas.

Corrie and Betsie ten Boom didn’t like fleas anymore than you and I do. But they had a deep trust in God that whatever he brought their way, he had a loving purpose for doing so. They believed all things work together for good, so they could give thanks in all circumstances.

“No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still; with Jesus even in our darkest moments, the best remains and the very best is yet to be.” -Corrie ten Boom.

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