“In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
John 1:4-5, NIV
A pastor friend of mine in Seattle Washington often counsels people who suffer with SAD. SAD is an acronym that stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a disorder of the brain caused by sunlight deprivation.
There is a chemical in the human brain that stimulates emotional well being and that chemical is energized by sunlight. But, when the brain is deprived of sunlight, it can trigger a chemical imbalance, and the effect is a debilitating emotional disorder known as SAD.
SAD is most common among those who live in climates that are pervasively cloudy and sunless, and if you have ever been to Seattle, you know that sunshine in Seattle can be rare and people there can suffer from sunlight deprivation – or SAD. Symptoms include anxiety, despair, and an overall diminishing of mental well-being. And mind you: As their mental well-being diminishes, physical well-being is compromised, as well. Victims encounter a debilitating fatigue as well as a debilitated immune system, which makes it difficult to fight sickness.
As Christians, the well being of our soul is dependent on SONlight: Exposure to the light of the Son. I am not talking about he light of the S-U-N. Rather, I am talking about the light of the S-O-N of God.
The well-being of our soul is dependent upon consistent exposure to the light of the Son of God; exposure through prayer, and through His Word. Make no mistake: If you do not routinely expose yourself to that light, it triggers what I call “soul-despair” …and the effect is the loss of God’s peace, His peace of mind. All because the soul is deprived of light! The light of the Son of God.
Question: How much time do you spend exposing your soul to the light of the Son? Take time today to bask in the Sonlight and feel the effect in your heart and soul. Once you start, you will not want to stop.