Thank You, Lord, for fleas!

Thank You, Lord, for fleas!

I recently read a short biography on Corrie ten Boom. She was an incredible woman of faith who risked her life in an effort to protect Jews from the Nazis during WWII.

I’ve read about her before and heard about her amazing capacity to forgive, but this time, something else stood out to me.

While being held in a Nazi concentration camp, Corrie and her sister Betsie would hold worship services in their barracks in the evening. During those services, Betsie thanked God for everything- even the fleas they had to share their living quarters with!

Amazingly, these services were never interrupted by the guards. Corrie later discovered that the guards wouldn’t go near the barracks for fear of the fleas! Isn’t it amazing how God’s big picture plan fits together perfectly. What seems a nuisance to us, serves a purpose.

I think of Paul in Philippians Chapter 1 describing his joy that his difficulties had aided the spread of the Gospel. He was in prison and was able to look past his present circumstance to see the bigger picture. He could see the gains that his situation brought for God’s big picture plan.

I don’t know that I’ll ever be grateful for literal fleas, but I’d like to try harder to thank God for the ‘fleas’ he sends my way for the benefit of his big picture plan.


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