Saturday, March 10, 2018

Morning dawns!

He keeps the peace at your borders, he puts the best bread on your tables. He launches his promises earthward— how swift and sure they come! He spreads snow like a white fleece, he scatters frost like ashes, He broadcasts hail like birdseed— who can survive his winter? Then he gives the command and it all melts; he breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring! (Psalm 147:12-18 MSG)

The days are getting longer again. It isn't quite as dark when I go to work in the morning and it is a little lighter when I return home at night, allowing me to enjoy a little of my day in 'daylight'. The funny thing about winter is how dark it appears a great deal of the time. I lived in Alaska for about three years and the winters were long. I learned to appreciate the daylight during those years, but those long summer days, although beautifully brilliant with light, were soon forgotten when the darkness of winter set in. The coldness that comes with the lack of sunlight was magnified and even the enthusiasm of our inner soul would 'chill' in the considerably long and dark winter days. Scientists and physicians have studied us long enough to realize there is a condition of the mind and soul caused by the lack of light referred to as 'seasonal affective disorder' - what some call 'winter depression'. Should it catch us by surprise that mankind flourishes in the light and withers in the darkness? 

It was the late French philosopher, Albert Cammus, who penned the words, "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer." He was right - although the winter seems long and dark, sometimes devoid of any signs of life, the movement and increasing energy light brings as seasons begin to turn is almost palpable. What is happening is that dormancy is awakened as the light begins to become the prevailing trend. In our own lives, light awakens places within us that have become dormant, allowed to go long enough without signs of growth. Those who suffer from seasonal affective discoder, (SAD for short), will tell you how 'palpable' the changes are within as more and more light begins to fill their days. In much the same way, I think each of us could describe just how much God's light begins to awaken us until we finally begin to feel a pulse once again. It is as though what was dead is now made alive.

Did you know that the most important time for each of us to get light is in the morning? Maybe that is why I rise about two hours earlier than I need to start my day - so light (God's light) can begin to affect my soul long before the pressures of the day have a chance to do their work! Researchers show it is this early morning light that 'resets' our internal clock (our circadian clock). I also think it is this early morning 'reset' with my Lord that helps to reset my spiritual clock! It helps me feel renewed and ready for the day, despite whatever might be on the forefront of the agenda. While physical light affects our physical body, God's spiritual light has a much deeper potential when it is allowed to 'get into' our lives early each day! Just sayin!