“No pit is so deep that God is not deeper still.”
Those words came from a woman who knew the insides of life’s pit. She knew the pits of humiliation, starvation, beatings, bitterness, insanity, and death that could be found in a consentration camp during WWII.
To say that God is deeper than our deepest pit is to say that God is “enough,” in fact, He is “more than enough.” This has been on my mind for several days now. Do I believe that God is “more than enough”? How deep of a pit can I fall into that God can not be “more than enough” to me? What kind of blows can I suffer that God can not absorb? I think I know the answer now – standing outside of the pit, but what about when I am in the pit?
The lady who testified to the quote above is Corrie Ten Boom. It is the same lady who at ten years of age questioned her father about the ability to face hard moments in life – the pit. She asked her father about earthly things that she deeply feared and she wondered how she could make it through them. His answer to her is another great witness to truth. To answer her question about her fears, her father asked,”Corrie, when do I give you the train ticket when we go to Amsterdam? Three weeks before?” Corrie said, “No, you give it to me right before I board the train.” “That is the same way our Father deals with us” her father replied, ” He will give you strength and grace just in time.”
We tend to worry about the train ride before we are on the train. We worry about the pit before we are there. We worry about how deep it will go and what it will take from us. We worry about being able to endure it or survive it. Our worries make us board the train to the pit before it even arrives at the station, even before the ticket is handed to us. We run ahead of the ticket holder.
These two witnesses who have been in the pit stand to say that God will give us grace, help and strength “just in time.” There is no need to run ahead in front of God wondering how we will function when the pit appears. Ten Boom says it this way – “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
The sparrows know this. The lillies do too. I want to.