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My New Year's Resolution: Sit on My Suitcase

One of the most impactful books I have ever read was called The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.

Corrie ten Boom led a quiet life. She repaired watches at her father’s watch store that was below the family home in Holland. 

During World War II, Corrie and her family (Dutch Christians) hid Jews. The family was captured by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps, where her sister and father eventually died.

Corrie survived and went on to author several books including the international best seller The Hiding Place telling the story of her youth, her family, hiding the Jews, her time in the concentration camps and the miracles that occurred during that time.

There are so many great lessons in that book (even one about fleas!) but the thing that is inspiring me for 2017 is Corrie’s life after The Hiding Place.

After Corrie was (miraculously) released from a concentration camp she dedicated her life to traveling the world speaking about her time in the prisons and, more importantly, about how her faith got her through the worst of it.

A Miracle in Argentina

One of my favorite stories is when Corrie and her assistant were in Africa and Corrie got a “feeling” that it was time to leave Africa and go to Argentina.

She had never been to Argentina, did not speak Spanish and was not sure if they would be able to get there. But she did know someone, Dr. Breson, in Argentina.

Corrie wrote to him asking if he could arrange some speaking engagements for her if she was able to get to Argentina. She waited for over a month but no response and then told her assistant they were going anyway because that is what she felt she was supposed to do. Her assistant was not so sure, but Corrie was adamant. She was not going to ignore what she felt was a clear message, even if it made no logical sense.

After many delays they arrived in Buenos Aires.

No one was there to meet them AND they had no address. There were no taxis and no YMCA.

Corrie and her assistant took their suitcases and sat on them by the curb and waited.

Her assistant asked her again if she was sure this is where she was supposed to go.

Corrie was sure. They waited some more.

All of a sudden, a booming voice rang out, asking for Corrie ten Boom.

Corrie answered and a man came up to them saying “…I did not think you would be here but felt I needed to come.”

Corrie asked if he knew of Dr. Breson. He said that Dr. Breson had indeed written her back and told her not to come but now that she was here he had a place for her to stay.

Over the next several days she spoke at many groups and was busier than she had ever been.

All because she sat on her suitcase.

A Year without Angst

Which is why I have decided that I am going to sit on my metaphoric suitcase and be guided quietly, calmly and with minimum amounts of angst in all my decision-making in 2017. Who knows where it may lead but I am ready to find out.

Try This: Do you have some sort of decision that you need to make this week?

Write it down in the form of a question.

Example: Is it time to switch jobs?


Sit on your metaphoric suitcase and wait for a clear answer.

It may come as a feeling or a note from someone or a song on the radio.

Then, when the guidance comes, ACT, without hesitation. Don't question the guidance.

Do you have the feeling you are ready for a change? Email me at and we can talk about your options!

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