Corrie Boom was a prisoner during world war 2. Hearts we’re stirred and lives changed as she told with moving simplicity about God’s sufficiency to meet her needs, even as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp.
Not only was the camp filthy, but there were fleas everywhere. Corrie’s sister Betty, who was imprisoned with her, insisted that 1Thesslonians 5:18 was God’s will for them.. which reads.. “In everything give thanks” But giving thanks in a flea-infested place seemed unrealistic to Corrie-until she realized why the guards didn’t come into their barracks to make them stop praying and singing hymns. They wanted to avoid the fleas ! So, the prisoners were free to worship and study the Bible. The fleas, yes, even the fleas were agents of grace, and something to be thankful for.
What are some of the “fleas” in our lives ? They aren’t the big difficulties, but the petty annoyances. Yes they are the little trials from which we can’t escape. Is it possible that they are one of the ways the Lord teaches us spiritual lessons and helps us to increase our endurance ?
When we’re tempted to grumble, let us remember the fleas and give thanks.
For all the heartaches and tears, for gloomy days and fruitless years… I give thanks
IF YOU PAUSE TO THINK YOU WILL FIND CAUSE TO THANK. GOD BE PRAISED.. AMEN