Friday, March 29, 2013

Oh Innocence - We Replaced The With "Knowledge"

This is so very important - a quote from the book The Hiding Place..the autobiography of Corrie Ten Boom.

"Oftentimes I would use the (train) trip home to bring up things that were troubling me, since anything I asked at home was promptly answered by the aunts.  Once, I must have been ten or eleven,  I asked Father about a poem we had read at school the winter before.  One line had described a young man "whose face was not shadowed by sexsin."  I had been far too shy to ask the teacher what it meant, and Mama has blushed scarlet when I consulted her.  In those days, just after the turn of the century, sex was never discussed, even at home.

So the line had stuck in my head.  "Sex" I was pretty sure meant whether you were a boy or a girl, and "sin" made Tante (aunt) Jans very angry, but what the two together meant, I could not imagine.  And so, seated next to Father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, "Father, what is sexsin?"

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 and lifted his travel 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 watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.

"It's too heavy."  I said.

"Yes."  he said,  "And I 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."

And I was satisfied.  More than satisfied - wonderfully at peace."

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People often tell me that I was born in the wrong era.  I understand why they say this.  I prefer to ride sidesaddle and love the costuming that accompanies it.  I cherish the handmade, individually created and the antiques over just about anything new and /or plastic.  I live with a wonderful sense of overflowing joy and contentment...   but Ahh - this is a not just a choice.  Joy and contentment are gifts of the Holy Spirit.

I find these days we, as a nation, are no longer slowly turning away from God, we are running away at breakneck speeds.


nancygrayce said...

What a wise father! And I couldn't agree more about the running from God! It is so sad to see my grandchildren not being raised to know The Lord! It grieves my heart daily !

martha said...

Running away - yes! Lord have mercy upon us!