Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Jesus is Victor by Mandy Baker Johnson
The horrible illness I suffered (cerebellar ataxia and ME/chronic fatigue) was nowhere near as terrible as being in a concentration camp. Yet to read Corrie's words: 'There is no pit so deep but God's love is deeper still' were timely during one of the darkest times of my life and gave me much-needed strength to keep going. To keep trusting that God's light could never be extinguished by the darkness I was enduring.
I love Tante Corrie for teaching me life lessons through her books, of assuring me that God is my Daddy-God who always wants the very best for me, even when nothing seems to be going right.
So it was a joy when Adi and I were recently on holiday in Holland to take a train to Haarlem, Tante Corrie's home town, and visit the Beje (the family home, now a museum). What a fascinating building! She described it so well in her book - and it's totally my kind of house with nooks and crannies all over the place, two stairs up here, three stairs down there.
The 'hiding place' is tiny. In the book, it describes a mattress being put in there. It must have been from a toddler's bed because it was far too narrow to take an adult-sized single mattress. How six people squeezed in there for two and a half days without food or water is beyond me. Thank God it wasn't for any longer and that they all escaped safely.
To see the plaque inscribed Jesus is Victor (in Dutch, not English, of course!) in the dining room
was special. That knowledge sustained Tante Corrie through months in solitary confinement and then through all the torment and suffering of the concentration camp. Trusting that Jesus is indeed the Victor sustained me too during my long period of illness. It's good to know that our times are in His hands, that nothing takes Him by surprise, and that there is nothing He has not or cannot overcome.
Mandy Baker Johnson is a self-employed medical secretary who enjoys blogging and is working on an autobiographical book about deliverance from darkness and being healed from cerebellar ataxia and ME/chronic fatigue. She is developing a heart for the poor and enjoys meeting people at her church's food bank and also volunteering with a Christian charity working with women in the sex industry.
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