May 23, 2014

The Embroidered Crown - Corrie ten Boom

During Corrie’s presentations to audiences, she would often hold the back side of a piece of embroidery (pictured), with hundreds of tangled threads hanging from it. Many wondered if she was holding up the wrong side by mistake. As she held up the messy side of the embroidery she would ask... 

“Does God always grant us what we ask for in prayer? Not always. Sometimes He says, ‘No.’ That is because God knows what we do not know. God knows all. Look at this piece of embroidery. The wrong side is chaos. But look at the beautiful picture on the other side – the right side.”

Triumphantly she flipped the cloth over and revealed an elaborately embroidered crown – symbolizing our crown of eternal life. The crown was intricately stitched, and had threads of many colors, including gold, silver and pearls.

“We see now the wrong side, God sees His side all the time. One day we shall see the embroidery from His side, and thank Him for every answered and unanswered prayer.”

Click this link to view the Corrie ten Boom Museum virtual tour, Please share.


  1. Amazing, compassionate woman! What a vision. One of the best interactive websites I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing June!

    1. AnonymousMay 25, 2014

      Amen sister!

  2. AnonymousMay 23, 2014

    I so love this a analogy!
    Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Outlook in such a mell of a hess even the Musketeers fail to float the boat; then this gem. THANK YOU :-D !!!

  4. Corrie Tenboom's story is one of GREAT faith in God--I look forward to meeting her one day "on the other side of the veil"

  5. AnonymousJune 14, 2014

    Thanks for the Corrie ten Boom website link.

  6. Corrie Ten Boom was an amazing, incredible woman and my role model. She and her sister Betsie were angels on earth. Thank you for this lovely story. I still have a copy of her book The Hiding Place and just watched the movie again not long ago. Truly inspiring for anyone's life.