Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsie were held in multiple German concentration camps back in WWII for helping Jews in Amsterdam. They were living according to their strong CORE’s, and taking a beating for it. They were going through an extreme test of faith as their tormentors took them through one suffer fest and then another. These two were abused beyond belief. You can read about them and six other strong women of faith, in Eric Metaxas worthy read titled, 7 Women. I consider books like this one an anti-depressant of sorts. After reading ’em I find myself unable to whine, at least for awhile. Moving on…

One particularly discouraging day, Corrie noticed their tiny prison cell was flea infested to boot. As Corrie cursed her plight and her oppressor, her sister offered her some ccd wisdom. She counciled Corrie to thank God for everything in their barrack including the fleas. To make it worse, she goes to the extreme of quoting scripture too. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:16-18. So, thanks to sister Betsie’s rather rough council, Corrie listened to her truth teller and thanked God for everything.

She thanked God for fleas.

Much later in their prison time it became clear that the fleas had, in fact, been a blessing. Turns out the ever present guards never came near them and refused to enter their cell. Why? They didn’t want to catch the fleas. The fleas saved them from further torment and protected them, in a funny way, from their oppressors. Corrie learned to thank God for fleas. What, friend, do you need to learn to thank God for?


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