Thursday, September 08, 2011

Too Heavy

A friend was asking, "WHY???" today in regards to one of those situations where no one really knows the answer. Why didn't God change things? Why didn't God reach in and intervene? He could have! Why didn't He? I don't have those answers any better than anyone else, but it did remind me of this Corrie ten Boom story that I appreciate.

Corrie had just asked her father a hard question.

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 the 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." (The Hiding Place (Bantam, Reissue Edition, 1984) 26-27)

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