Every year, about 5 percent of the U.S. population experiences seasonal affective disorder, according to Health Line. Less sunlight and sub-par weather clearly have a negative affect on mood. Currently, in Northern CA, it is rainy and cold. We haven’t seen the sun shine enough this Winter.
As the sun continues to hide behind the clouds this afternoon, I am inspired to write about a greater source of light. A light that always shines. A light that lifts a bad mood. A light that is eternal.
Jesus. Our Savior is the light of the world.
Light can be a metaphor for the glory of God. Isaiah 60:1 says, “Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” In Isaiah 60:19, the prophet exclaimed, “The LORD shall be your light forever.”
In addition, Jesus declares in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Light is needed for plants to grow and for food chains to exist. Light is literally essential to life. God, the Creator of all things, has a sense of humor which is apparent in this metaphor. He created the sun, the ecosystems, and the processes that allow plants, animals, and people to grow. It is no coincidence that we need the light of God to grow spiritually.
The light of the Son of God shines eternally in those who have sought and accepted Him. We find that our spirits are lifted when we remember what our Savior endured for us. We were dead in sin, but Jesus was nailed to a cross to bring us new life. This gift is unmatched, priceless and available to anyone so willing to accept it.
I have a proposition for those who have felt downtrodden from hardships, bad news, or even something so seasonal as the weather. Have you looked to Jesus for comfort? We often try to find solutions to our sorrows ourselves, but those solutions are illusory, because they only provide temporary relief at best.
To those who have not fully submitted to Christ: partying gets old. You can only drink so much. For all of us: you can only eat so many carbs.
I argue that even prescription drugs are over-prescribed and overpriced for the small amount of “healing” they induce.* God knows exactly how to bring healing and relief to your life in spiritual and physical ways. I encourage you to find a moment to pray to God for His peace and His presence. May the Lord lift your spirits on every cloudy day and bring you peace during every trial.
Open up your heart to Jesus, so He can fill you with love and joy. I hope the light of Jesus shines for you today and always.
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*If you take prescription drugs, consult with your doctor before changing your prescribed dosage.