Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Words of Wisdom for the Weekend {When You Must Trust Your Father to Carry Your Answers to Hard Questions}



"Once -- I must have been ten or eleven -- I asked Father about a poem we had read at school the winter before. One line described "a young man whose face was not shadowed by s*xsin." I had been far too shy to ask the teacher what it meant, and Mama had blushed scarlet when I consulted her. In those days just after the turn of the century s*x was never discussed, even at home. 
So the line had stuck in my head. "S*x," I was pretty sure, meant whether you were a boy or a girl, and "sin" made Tante Jans very angry, but what the two together meant I could not imagine. And so, seated next to Father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, "Father, what is s*xsin?" 
He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but, to my surprise, he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor. 
"Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?" he said. 
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. 
"It's too heavy," I said. 
"Yes," he said. "And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you." 
And I was satisfied. More than satisfied—wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions; for now, I was content to leave them in my father's keeping."
~ Corrie Ten Boom 'The Hiding Place

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{Words for Wisdom for the Weekend: These are words that I have been challenged or encouraged by that I have read throughout my week that I kept pondering; words that I couldn't get off my mind and heart throughout my week. 
For other Words of Wisdom for the Weekend posts see here.}

2 comments:

  1. Wow, powerful! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Yep. "The Hiding Place" has much info for our hearts. I certainly recall this portion. Have read the book many times, have loaded it out many times, too. BUT this is a very good form of teaching that would bring a child to true understanding of what was necessary for life forever.

    Thank you.

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