There is a line in “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom that is never too far from my mind. While imprisoned in a concentration camp, Corrie’s sister insisted that they had to thank God for the fleas. Corrie had a hard time with that but did it a bit begrudgingly to satisfy her beloved sister. When you think of their situation, that took a lot of faith to carry on and even thank God for the fleas. Eventually, they discovered that the Germans did not want to enter their particular barrack because of those fleas and that is what gave them the little bit of liberty that they had to teach others the Word of God. With hindsight, Corrie was so grateful for those fleas and for the opportunity to help others at a time when they were in such dire circumstances.
God sometimes allows ‘fleas’ in different areas of our lives. To us they look like dirty little inconveniences, problems, difficulties and heartaches. However, our thoughts are not God’s thoughts. He sees things from His eternal viewpoint. It’s in the valley of decision and difficulty that the purest metals are forged. Our darkest days have the potential to bring the greatest growth. No one would voluntarily choose heartache, but we are all capable, by faith, of thanking God for the fleas in our lives and then of waiting patiently for the time when (and if) He chooses to reveal the reason for them.
It’s easy to thank God for our abundance and our all too apparent blessings, but have we thanked God for the fleas lately? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and if there are fleas in your life, remember that God loves you with an everlasting love and is always doing everything He can to bring you closer to Him.