Psa 38:10 My heart pants; my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also is gone from me.
It is winter and I am SAD. While winters on the southern shore of Lake Huron have fairly mild temperatures as a rule, the high humidity and low pressure systems make for day upon day of various shades of grey – pretty blah. And that is why I, along with 2% – 3% of the general population in Ontario, am SAD.
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, usually beginning as the daylight hours begin to shorten in the Fall. A mild form of SAD, known as the “winter blues”, can be uncomfortable but is not usually incapacitating. However, in a more severe form, SAD can be debilitating and can affect a person’s personal, professional and spiritual life.
SAD is thought to be caused by the seasonal variations in light, both the quality or strength of sunlight and the length of daylight. Research has shown that a decrease in light can cause changes to the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in our brains which regulate appetite, sleep and mood.
For me, the lack of light causes me to feel increasingly tired (both physically and mentally) lethargic, uninspired, anxious, agitated, depressed, restless, and unable to concentrate. I also eat a lot of carbs and my spare tire is beginning to look like it was made for a tractor!
A few years ago, I bought a special SAD lamp which has an extra bright light which simulates daylight. I usually start my mornings with a cup of tea while I sit under my “sun” lamp (it’s not a tanning lamp) soaking up the rays. I have also replaced all the light bulbs in my ceiling lights with bright LED bulbs, which don’t use a lot of energy and which means that I can have my lights on all day and it won’t cost me a fortune.
I find that I really benefit from the exposure to the artificial sunlight – I certainly feel more cheerful.
Just as our physical selves need exposure to sunlight in order to function properly,…
Ecc 11:7 Also the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun;
… so too do our spiritual selves need exposure to “Son”light – that is, the light that is to be found in the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
John the Baptist was sent out to tell people about the light that was to be found in the person of Jesus.
Joh 1:6 – 9 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for witness, to give witness about the light, so that all men might have faith through him. He himself was not the light: he was sent to give witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to every man, was then coming into the world. (BBE)
The light found in Jesus gives life and light to those who accept Him as their saviour.
Joh 1:4 In Him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men.
Jesus told us that He is not only light, but “THE LIGHT” of the world that saves people from darkness.
Joh 8:12 Then again Jesus said to them, I am the light of the world; he who comes with me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life.
Jesus declared that his Father, God, was also light.
1Jn 1:5 And this is the message which we have heard from Him [Jesus] and declare to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
If you are feeling SAD or just plain sad, spend some time in the light of Jesus, get filled with His Light, and you shall be saved from the greyness and darkness of the winters in your life.
Psa 34:5 They looked to Him, and were filled with light; and their faces were not ashamed.
Psa 36:9 For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we shall see light.