A Light Stronger than the Biggest Darkness

Check out one of my favorite quotes:

Now, I know in my experience that Jesus’ light is stronger than the biggest darkness.
— Corrie Ten Boom

I don’t think I know anyone who has gone through the depths of darkness that Corrie Ten Boom experienced in her life. A Dutch woman sent to the Nazi concentration camp for hiding Jews in her home, Corrie’s story is extraordinary. I’m so thankful she shared her story with the world in the book, The Hiding Place. Actually it is Betsy, her sister, whose story the book tells. Betsy’s heart is revealed in the book as one who felt great sorrow for the guards and the damage their actions would do to their own hearts. Corrie’s heart was compassionate for the victims, for the prisoners of the camps, but Betsy had love for the hardest to love, the Nazis themselves.

The quote above from Corrie deserves some quiet reflection. She talks about:

“the biggest darkness” …

When I watch too much news or contemplate the state of our world, I can become overwhelmed by the darkness. But my life is great. I have all that I need and more, I have health, I have family and friends. I have freedom. If anyone could speak about darkness in the world through the eyes of experience, it was Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie lived in the biggest darkness, and I can only try to imagine it.

“in my experience” …

She lived in the epicenter of darkness for years. When she says in the above quote, “in my experience,” we need to sit up and listen. That phrase is incredibly powerful when you consider all that she went through and the path of pain and suffering God allowed in her life.

“Jesus’ light is stronger” …

Psalm 139:12 says,

Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

No darkness can put God’s light out. Not persecution, not evil, not violence, not injustice, not disease, not poverty, not hunger, not anger, nor genocide is too dark for God’s light. Not even death. God’s victory over darkness and even death itself is assured. We live in difficult times and suffering covers the globe. But the light of God will not be put out. He is the answer to all the world’s problems.

My own struggles and worries are quickly put into perspective reading a quote like this. And it gives me hope and peace for the future.

What about you? Do you have a favorite Corrie Ten Boom quote?

Kathy EricksonComment