Crown of Beauty

It was when I sat down to read The Diary of Anne Frank,  a 1944 diary of a young Jewish girl, that God revealed to me the exquisite beauty of faith found in the earth; reflecting as dancing colors upon His throne room walls.  Not that I or you haven’t seen or exercised our own faith, but rather He showed me an intimate glimpse of what it meant to Him, which is an everlasting reminder of His family’s love for Him… I felt the glory of this revelation; this light shone in, bursting back out to Him.  Faith of the Believer is embodied with all that He is . . .  contagious and powerful to raise that which is dead to life.

Anne, at the age of 14, made the following entry in her diary, while she, her family, another family, and another adult had been in hiding together for almost 2 years during the horrors of the Holocaust.  They had not stepped foot outside this entire time, only peeks from an attic window.  Her diary was left behind after they were discovered and taken away to German concentration camps, which was miraculous because the Gestapo were to leave no records behind of the Jews.  This young girl had so much personality and incredible talent as a writer with such a way . . . I miss her, her thoughts.  Knowing that I am nearing the end of her diary, the thought of reading her last entry is heart wrenching.

Anne’s entry from Wednesday, 23 February, 1944, pg. 142 & 143:

(597 days had gone by, not stepping foot outside of the secret place.)

“As long as all this exists,” I thought, “and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts; I cannot be unhappy.”

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  As long as it exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.  And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”

“Oh, who knows, perhaps it won’t be long before I can share this overwhelming feeling of bliss with someone who feels the way I do about it.”

Yours,  Anne

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Double Day & Company, Inc.
Copyright 1952

Yes, I feel the same way!  Her words have consumed my heart, I am so encouraged to do all that I can to walk in my calling while I am still here.  Her words still stand in truth and beauty, her reach is vast.  There is controversy over how Anne’s words are being shared.  Would she have said the same things had she known the horrific suffering and death she would terrifyingly be forced into?  Her words must be read as they are, allow her to speak.  What would she say to the world now?   I believe her words were so incredibly dear to God’s heart;  her tears, terrors, torment, all her suffering, her purpose, her very life and lineage cut off . . . There is a beautiful scripture in Isaiah 61:3: that must have been her comfort, if not, God’s omniscient foreknowledge  and reward of her plight.

“ to provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”

Grafted together, through the finished work of the cross, my heart and the heart of Anne became an alliance of one body in the larger scheme of life, both stained with the marks of Jesus, never to be forgotten, as long as I and you, and our posterity live.