Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Invasion of Holland and changes at the Beje

In chapter 4 we begin to see the life of those in the Beje change as the war comes closer to Holland. Corrie tells us of the passing of her mother and other family and how Corrie started to take a more active role in the Watch Shop. Her Father has to fire someone in the shop because the worker didn’t like the Jewish people and it’s a first for the Watch Shop.

In chapter 5 the invasion begins in Holland and Holland ends up surrendering. Corrie shares with us a kind of dream/vision she has about her and others on a wagon being pulled by black horses leaving her town. She ends up seeing this dream more than once and we learn later that this dream was a form of foreshadowing for things to come. Corrie describes for us how the occupation of Holland begins to occur and more persecution of the Jewish take place. During this time, The Ten Boom’s realize they are closer to the action than they would have thought. One night after Corrie receives the dream, a piece of shrapnel almost gets Corrie in her bed but she was up with Betsie getting coffee. Betsie tells Corrie not to talk about what if she had been in the bed when the shrapnel hit. Betsie is wise and says, "There are no 'ifs' in God's world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety-Oh Corrie, let us pray that we may always know it!" God is guiding Betsie telling Corrie this to prepare them for what is to come and they don't even know it yet. This brings us to the beginning of where we see the Ten Boom’s helping those in need who need a safe place. Corrie describes to us the hateful acts against the Jewish People that begin to take place in their town. It is amazing to read through all the testimonies of faith that she mentions. Take a minute just to think of all those she might not have even mentioned in the book. What a number!

In Chapter 6 Corrie gets deeper into the underground of hiding Jews. She is taken to a secret meeting where she meets many more sources and the decision is made for the Beje to have a secret room. Corrie is beginning to notice things about herself that she never thought would be possible. She lies to the Germans about a radio, figures out how to get counterfeit ration cards and keeps her cool around those who might tell on her. It is amazing how we can do things we never thought possible when we are relying on God alone. Has your strength in Christ ever prompted you to do things you would never have thought possible?

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