the hiding place

"You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word."
Psalm 119:114

Have you ever had lice?  Had to deal with it in your spouse's hair or in that of your kids?  It's not something anybody desires.  And it's certainly not what anyone would thank God for.

Except here is a story of thanking God for lice.

The verse above is where Corri ten Boom got the inspiration for the title of her book, The Hiding Place. Corri and her family were Dutch Christians.  In WWII Corri and her family began "The Hiding Place," a spot in their home where they hid Jews and Nazi resistance workers. 

In 1944, the Nazis raided their house and arrested the entire ten Boom family.  Corri and her sister spent time in a concentration camp where they endured very deplorable conditions, including lice. 

The lice were miserable.  They were everywhere - in their hair and on their bodies.

But the lice brought a blessing Corri didn't see at first.  Because of the lice, the guards kept their distance.  Because the guards kept their distance, they were able to hold Bible studies and share the gospel.  As a result of this, many of the women came to believe in Christ.

It's an audacious thing to be thankful for lice.

But faith in Christ gives a certain audacity that trusts God to work His good purposes through miserable times.  This news of a powerful and gracious God is something our world definitely needs.  Who could use a bit of good news today?