In the best-selling book The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom tells of the tense times in Holland during the German invasion. One particular night she tossed restlessly in her bed while war planes growled overhead, shattering the blackness with fiery artillery. After awhile she heard her sister downstairs in the kitchen; and because sleep would not come, she went down for a cup of tea. They talked until the night was still again and the sound of fighters died away. Explosions had ripped nearby, but now all was quiet.
Stumbling through the darkness to her room, Miss ten Boom reached out to pat her pillow before lying down. Suddenly she felt something sharp cutting her hand. It was a jagged piece of metal ten inches long. She cried out for her sister and raced down the stairs with the shrapnel shard in her hand. While Betsie bandaged her hand she kept saying, “On your pillow.” Corrie responded, “Betsie, if I hadn’t heard you in the kitchen … ” To this the saintly sister replied, “Don’t say it, Corrie! There are no ifs in God’s world. The center of His will is our safety.”
Later through the trying time in a Nazi prison, Miss Ten Boom was to learn over and over this marvelous truth ”God’s will is our hiding place.”
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