Greater Than the Darkness
“Darkness cannot drive out Darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
As our military escort swerved around us, speeding through the darkness down a dusty desert road, my heart seemed to begin to pump a little faster. Our vehicles drove much of our trip with their lights off for safety, guided only by the bright moon and stars. The lack of light made it possible to see just how dark the desert night really was. The darkness was overwhelming. The darkness that I knew I was heading into was overwhelming. The darkness that has been advancing in this part of the world is overwhelming.
Darkness has been a topic of conversation that has come up a lot lately, with so many people. As every new news cycle moves through the media, darkness appears to surround us a little bit more. Fear seems to be building in people’s hearts as new faces of darkness are at every turn. These conversations have caused me to reflect on the darkness, and the momentum of my work in some of the darkest places in the world.
As I sped down that road in the Middle East, my mind began to wander away from the darkness to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. The idea that only light can drive back the darkness, and that only love can drive out hate. The book of 1 John says it so beautifully that “…God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all” and that “…perfect love casts out fear.”
When I look around the world and the dark places that my team and I are working, I see a lot of darkness. The darkness can seem overwhelming, but the kingdom of God is so much greater than the darkness. The people we are working with have more questions, desire, and need for light and love than ever before.
As a community centered in Christ and sent in His love, we can drive out darkness. We as the Hope community carry a great light and a genuine love that can drive out the darkness; in our neighborhood, our country and the world. The darkness cannot overwhelm because “…in Him there is no darkness” and “perfect love casts out fear” and the kingdom of God expands, down dusty dirt roads in the desert.
K.B., one of Hope’s family