Allow God to illuminate the darkness

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I recently traveled and while spending the night in a motel, I woke from a deep sleep in a darkened room. I got out of bed and walked right into a wall.

My confusion was absolute. I had no idea where I was.

I must admit to times when that overwhelming sense of confusion has crept into my everyday life. During those dark situations, I failed to see light anywhere and it left me momentarily stunned.

Life has a way of blindsiding us when we least expect it. That’s a good reason to be prepared and armed with Truth. The scripture in Psalm 119:30 gives us a place to begin when we need light.

“The entrance of thy (God’s) words gives light.” Looking into the Word of God will shine light on every conceivable problem we might face.

Did you see the old Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade? I still think of it when I see faith in action. It is a classic good versus evil story.

Archeologist Indiana Jones rescues his father from a group of Nazis while each seeks the presence of the Holy Grail. Indiana, unlike his father, is not a believer in God at the start of the movie.

However, dire circumstances along the way force him to make a choice.

Trapped at the top of a mountain with no way to reach across the chasm below, Indiana’s heartfelt words, “I believe,” created a bridge by faith where there was previously no bridge. It disappeared as soon as Indiana crossed safely to another mountain.

The pursuing Nazi enemies fell to their deaths while crossing because faith no longer sustained the bridge.

At the conclusion of the story, Indiana asked his father what he had discovered during their adventure. After some thought, his father merely said, “Illumination.”

I like the word because it refers to light. In this case it means spiritual enlightenment. Illumination, as seen in this movie, was hidden by unbelief. When we recognize the source of true light, more light shines and leads us to the divine light giver.

His light will illuminate our paths and keep us from stumbling around in darkness. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105.

Whether you wake up in a dark room or find yourself trapped by an impossible life situation, don’t try to tackle the problem by groping around in darkness.

Turn on the light. We are facing a new year with new possibilities just waiting for us to discover. God is the ultimate possibility maker. Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:26, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Ask him to shine his light on your dark situation and expect divine illumination.

That’s what I call faith!

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Historic Courthouse located at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786. The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to discuss the sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital located at 1230 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina to Landmark Asset Services, Inc. for $225,000.00. The County intends to sell the property for affordable housing for persons of low to moderate income per N.C.G.S. 153A-378. The sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital is authorized and conducted pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-267. The County shall attach covenants or conditions to assure that the property will be put to public use for persons of low to moderate income. Persons wishing to be heard at the public hearing are asked to be present. The County Commissioners may adopt reasonable rules governing the conduct of the hearing including; (i) fixing the maximum time allotted to each speaker, (ii) providing for the designation of spokesmen for groups of persons supporting or opposing the same position, (iii) providing for the selection of delegates from groups of persons supporting or opposing the same positions when the number of persons wishing to attend the hearing exceeds the capacity of the hall, and (iv) providing for the maintenance of order and decorum in the conduct of the hearing.

This 1st day of June, 2020.

Tracy L. Wells, Clerk to the Board

Haywood County Board of Commissioners

No. 35453