I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some color outside and warm sunshine! The gray and brown mixed with a few splashes of blue sky and white clouds help break up the dreary monotony, but I need more! Every now and then, I get a glimpse of green leaves or the purple and yellow pansies along the curbside of the fast food chain. Thank God for fast food…as least they budget for beauty!
First of all, if you live in the north, please accept my apologies for being grumpy about the weather because I know yours isn’t that great either! And if you live south of the boarder, please know that I am envious of your beautiful palms and forever blooming plants and flowers! I promise to adjust my attitude and will work hard on being content in season and out of season! Living in Louisiana has its pleasures and rewards, but one doesn’t really know how to dress…depending upon the weather. It’s a real roller coaster ride here with highs and lows.
I just had the fortunate opportunity to travel this past week with my husband, Brian, to Sun Valley! You may know it as Phoenix, Arizona. Although the sun was shining, it was still chilly outside. My time there however was not spent in the sun! Attending a National Conference left little time for exploration...so I was basically cooped up inside the whole time. All in all, I enjoyed meeting new people and learning more about running a business.
I’m home now and getting cabin fever. The sun is shining and it is chilly and windy. I don’t really mind the cold but what I’ve been missing is the chance to be in the sun! I need light! Some people actually suffer from winter depression – known as “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD) from a lack of light. Research has shown that replacing bright light will affect your mood. Alfred Lewy, MD, a seasonal affective disorder researcher at the Oregon Health & Science University, says it's not only a matter of getting light, but also getting it at the right time. "The most important time to get light is in the morning," he says.
Now, I have to be honest with you and tell you that I am writing this blog on Friday and there is not much time over the weekend for me to write. Actually, I emailed Kathy this morning asking her to pray that I would hear a direction from the Lord about what to write. In our email conversation I encouraged her to get outside and walk around in the sunshine because I’m sure we are missing our vitamin D! I didn’t think anything about it until later that morning. I was feeling extremely antsy inside the house and convinced myself that I needed to go for a drive… in the sun! During my drive around town and stopping at a few “eye candy” shops for color to look at, the sun shone on my skin and my brain was exposed to colorful beauty that seemed to help my antsy state. When I realized what I was doing by trying to feel better by the suns rays, I began to hear from the Lord about “the sun.” The Holy Spirit also softly scolded me for looking elsewhere for satisfaction….
Here is a list of what He gave me:
Proverbs 8:17 “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”
John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Psalms 107: 9 “For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”
There is also another bible character whose face was like the face of an angel. Stephen! Acts 6: 8-15. John
Macarthur, Jr. wrote a book on Stephen: A Profile of Courage. Part IV is titled “His Countenance.” In the midst of
Stephen’s troubles and persecution, there was a holy glow on his face. This is another good read. It is available
in PDF for you to read online. http://www.gty.org/resources/study-guides/40-5101/stephen-a-profile-in-courage
Have you noticed that the sun seems brighter in the dark of winter? You and I know that the sun doesn’t really get brighter or dimmer! Once again, it has to do with the position or tilt of the earth. In the dark difficult times of life, as though walking through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps.23), look up! The sun seems brighter…closer…warmer! The Son promises to never leave you or forsake you. He doesn’t give up on you!
Duet. 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you;
he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
So, if you are like me and find yourself in need of a little sunshine, turn to the real Sonshine! I’m not suggesting that there may not be a little lack of melatonin in the brain…take your vitamin D, but most often I believe, our walk with the Savior has taken a slight tilt away from the Son. We have a heart condition rather than a vitamin deficiency. So, Dr. Barron here has a solution! Take your Bible and sit in the sun; and in so doing, you will heal your heart and boost your vitamin D!
Malachi 4: 2 “But for you who revere my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
So today, I plan to feed on His word and go out and frolic like a well-fed calf! How about you?!
Delighting in the Son,
Resource for SAD: http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/seasonal-affective-disorder
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