How Low Can You Go?

This is how my mind works. All over the place. You can try and keep up if you like. Try not to get frightened. 

I have just finished catch up on SS-GB. I understand that I am the last person in the world to watch this but I have things to do. I quite liked SS GB, I thought it was an interesting idea – I had to turn it up a bit and could possibly have done with a crib sheet to explain who half the people were but that’s more to do with my attention span than any inconsistencies in the plot. 
Musing on a possible German Occupation (well it’s not impossible-apparently we are on the verge of war with Spain at the moment) I think the best book I ever read about WW2 was “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boon. Ten Boon lived under German occupation in Holland. Her family – driven by their Christian faith – sheltered Jews from the Nazis. When they were discovered, they were shipped out to Ravensbrook Concentration Camp and Corrie lost her sister there. It is an extraordinary story, full of suffering and man’s worst excesses, yet it is also full of forgiveness. It was a groundbreaking book. When I was young, people were entitled to doubt that you were a Christian if you hadn’t read it. The most famous quotation in the book is probably

No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still

They should know I would think. 

So, thinking about deep pits. Not an actual pit with dirty water and old bike frames etc. Just about finding yourself in a low place, a place where you don’t think anyone understands or can help. This comes to mind. 

Matthew 9:20-22The Message (MSG)

Just then a woman who had haemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned—caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” The woman was well from then on.

When I was young – we used to call this; The woman who touched the hem of his garment. The woman – bent double by the weakness caused by constant blood loss – was as low as she could go yet found that she couldn’t “out-low” Jesus. I wonder if she could even look up to see his face – just maybe the edge of his clothes – yet it was enough. She was rescued. It is a great comfort I think, for those who are struggling to raise their game in any way at all, for those who a low and stuck low, to find that Jesus is down there too, knowing and understanding and able to act. There is a lot to be said for being cheerful in the face of adversity but if you simply cannot get up, if you have tried many times and have no capacity left to stop sinking, there is someone who you can’t sink past, capable of lifting you and changing the things that you can’t. 

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8 Comments

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Indeed. I forget too easily that I am not in anything alone

  1. April 5, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Great post. You are right, the Hiding Place was required reading. I wanted to apply to be an extra in the film (you had to be over 18 and weigh less than 7.5 stone) but it was during my uni exams so I couldn't) Feeling low myself this evening, but conscious He is there with me and so grateful for that.

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Yes, believe it or not – it was a Christian date film when I was a teenager. I came out all snotty and bright red. Praying you are feeling better tonight xx

  2. April 6, 2017 / 7:15 am

    The whole thing terrifies me. I am just not brave enough. What a dear and wonderful woman was Corrie ten Boom – and her sister, too. x

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Yes – she was always at pains to emphasise their ordinariness but they didn't seem like an ordinary family to me.

  3. April 6, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Someone quoted an Afican source at church, as part of the intercessions
    "Before you tell God how big the storm is, tell the storm how big God is". Sort of in the same vein.

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Yes! Also, like the old chorus – "So high you can't get over it. So low – you can't get under it" Hope you are doing the actions

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