Don’t you just love people who are bold? I am not talking about a boldness born out of arrogance and selfishness. This cheap boldness is seen all too often in the array of reality shows on television, and I won’t waste my time expounding. The kind of boldness I admire and aspire to is the kind born out of serious study and conviction; the kind that stands on truth and is relentless when the storms of doubt attempt to prevail.
My earlier blog spoke of Corrie Ten Boom’s divine ability to forgive, but the second reasons I chose to include her biography in my list of inspirational figures is because of her bold prayer life, born out of disciplined study and knowledge of the scriptures along with her intimate relationship with God. There are stories cited where she knew God so well that she would actually argue with Him and recite His scripture back to Him as proof of his promises and words, while still acknowledging that He is just, trustworthy, never changes, compassionate and never failing. I imagine she would never have been found cowering before her God, begging and whimpering for what she needed as if she never really expected an answer. I also imagine that her prayers were not routine or cumbersome with trite spiritual cliche’s, but they were filled with the raw need of the moment and boundless trust which provided God the perfect backdrop to weave His tapestry in her life. Her life was anything but easy, yet in the midst of such a deplorable existence, she exhibited unmatched boldness and confidence that God would save her and get her through it, even when her flesh cried out otherwise. Was her life fulfilling? I have to believe that it was, and I believe history would agree.
Life is hard, and real life cannot be dealt with by reciting spiritual cliches or routine requests void of passion or belief that God is even hearing our words. Life is too short and too unpredictable. What is the use, and why waste our time!. Corrie Ten Boom not only believed in God, but she believed God and put Him and His promises to the faith test in her prayers, while at the same time acknowledging His sovereignty in her life. After being challenged in my own life over the past year to explore the difference between believing in God and believing God, I have to say that I very much want to be found on the side of knowing, believing and praying with bold conviction. Not a conviction born out of arrogance or selfishness, but one which is so in tune with scripture, with my Creator and His love for me, that I can openly wrestle and argue with Him and rest assured that He will be true to His Word. Was Corrie Ten Boom always right in her convictions of how things should be or turn out? Of course not because like all of us, she is human. But how much better to travel this life making your case than not. How much better to enter heaven as a warrior than to enter weak and battle worn and filled with uncertainty?
I know which one I want to choose! Oh how I wish I could have met her!