Last Sunday my pastor taught about faith and the difference between saving faith and the spiritual gift of faith. He shared the story, familiar to many, of George Muller and his supernatural faith in trusting God to provide every need for his orphanage in Bristol, England, in the 1800’s. I was reminded of another story of great faith and a favorite Christian biography – Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose.
As the events of WWII unfolded across the world, Darlene was taken captive in March 1942 by the Japanese while serving as a missionary in New Guinea. She spent 4 years in a prison camp. Evidence Not Seen is her story. As Russell, her husband of only 5 years, was taken to a separate camp, he quickly and quietly said to her, “Remember one thing, dear: God said that He would never leave us nor forsake us.” (p. 45)
Darlene had many opportunities to doubt that simple statement of truth from God’s Word. But she ultimately came to trust it with her whole being. In times of darkest doubt, the Friend who never fails proved Himself faithful. At a time when she was sure He had forsaken her, she says, “Deep in my heart He whispered, ‘I’m here. Even when you don’t see Me, I’m here. Never for a moment are you out of my sight.” (p. 46)
Evidence Not Seen – another book that has impacted my life greatly. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Read what I call “The Banana Story” on pp. 148-150 and you will say with Darlene: “With God nothing is impossible!” (Luke 1:37)