Either I determine the place in which I find God,
or I allow God to determine the place where he will be found.
If it is I who say where God will be,
I will always find there a God who in some way corresponds to me, is agreeable to me, fits in with my nature.
But if it is God who says where he will be, then that will likely be a place which…
at first does not fit so well with me.
That place is the cross of Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45).
When the Nazis came to power in Germany, they demanded for Hitler an obedience due to God alone. Bonhoeffer left his post in Berlin University (1931-33) to minister in London, but returned to Germany in 1935 to lead the 'Confessing Church'. Forbidden to enter Berlin or speak in public, he then left for America but was soon back and involved in the resistance movement. It was more important to him than his natural pacifism. By the personal order of Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945), he was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp one month before the end of the war.