She opened the door and gave us a warm smile. We followed her up a small and narrow spiral staircase and entered into what looked like a dining room. We stood and waited for the rest of the group. The presence that filled the room was palpable. I felt as though I could reach out and touch the love and peace. They were so tangible. God was there. My eyes began to water.
She then led us up another narrow staircase and we found ourselves sitting comfortably in a medium-sized room. Again, the peace, the love, and God’s presence were very real. It was as though we had entered a holy place. A sanctuary of prayer. The guide’s words flowed freely. We listened intently as she told the story of the Ten Boom family. I looked around in awe. On the piano was the song “You are my hiding place.” This had been the family’s motto. The Father was their hiding place. As a result, this house, which had been part of the family for a hundred years, was used for prayer, transformation, and freedom. Their love for the Father, their love for people, their courage, and their desire to live for what really counted cut deep leaving an indelible mark on my life.
Because of their deep love for the Father, they rescued 800 Jews and members of the Dutch resistance during the Second World War.
I have often heard the statement, “We are human beings, not human doings”. I know what people are trying to say. But surely, we are both. What if the Ten Booms only enjoyed the Father’s presence, His hiding place and didn’t allow the love they received to propel them into rescuing 800 people who would have otherwise faced death and torture? Out of that hiding place, that place of intimacy, courage and action flowed.
Jesus said that He and the Father were one. He often withdrew and spent time alone with His Father. It was there in that place of being, that hiding place of intimacy, that his love, his compassion, his courage to reach out and do the impossible flowed. Jesus said apart from the Father He could do nothing. In the same way he encourages us that
Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
Esther, who is known to have been born “for such a time as this” knew what it was to gain courage from a place of intimacy with the Father. After three days of fasting and praying she approached the king and witnessed the deliverance of her people.
Daniel drew strength and courage from a place of intimacy and was able to stand up to King Nebuchudnezzar .
David was known to strengthen himself in his Lord and found courage to face battles, challenges, and struggles.
James tells us,
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise you are only fooling yourselves.
Warren Wiersbe says, “Too many Christians mark their Bibles but their Bibles never mark them.”
Where do we receive the courage to do the unthinkable, say the unbelievable, and then witness God doing the impossible? In that hiding place, that place of intimacy with the Father. A place where we can freely receive so that we can freely give.
Out of a place of “being”, “doing” will always flow. Having been in that hiding place, we won’t be able to help ourselves.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
(2 Corinthians 4.7)
Enjoy and benefit from “being” in that hiding place, so that the world can enjoy and benefit from the “doing” that will flow from it.