“Oh, that you would rip open the heavens and descend.” Isaiah 64: 1 (The Message Bible)
One of the best things about living in the Arizona desert is that we see the sun 306 of the 365 days each year. Often on cloudy days, the sun peeks through for a short time, and it always gives me the feeling of hope. I’m a sunshine person. If we have one cloudy, rainy day that’s okay—it’s kind of nice to hibernate and read a book or watch an old movie, but by day two, I get restless. If the clouds persist, by day three I’m mildly depressed. After moving from Illinois to Arizona, I realized that I had suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) most of my life.
According to WebMed, the symptoms of SAD are: Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious; lose interest in your usual activities; eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta; gain weight; sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime.
If you have symptoms of SAD and can’t move to one of the top five sunshine states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, or Hawaii, you can always buy a Day-Light 10,000 Lux SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Lamp on sale today through Amazon for $139.00. That’s a lot cheaper than moving to Arizona (but not nearly as nice).
Dear Lord, shine through to my soul to let me know that you are my comfort and support during the cloudy days of my life. Amen