Today I know that memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do.Corrie ten Boom
Daily we prepare our children for their future. In my Father’s House narrates how Corrie ten Boom’s childhood prepared her for the Holocaust. (See Here for more.)
When the family faced financial difficulties and Corrie’s mother was ill, her father taught Corrie The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33: 27 (ESV). Imprisoned at Ravensbruck thirty years later, Corrie recalled the conversation and it comforted her.
The Dutch family liked reading the same Bible verse in different languages. Corrie’s sister learned John 3:16 in German and Corrie learned it in English. They recited the German translation many times at the German concentration camp.
After a schoolteacher slapped Corrie, she was comforted by her earthly father. That memory drove Corrie to her Heavenly father after a Nazi slapped her.
Daily childhood events with enormous adult rewards.
Which childhood experiences have prepared you for adult struggles?