[The impact of light]
Every night before bed–before I close my eyes– I dawn my sleep mask. Embroidered on it’s black satin fabric, in shiny silver thread reads: ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Being the huge Disney fan that I am, among the many slogans to choose from, I was immediately drawn to this one.
I haven’t always used a sleep mask though, infact the thought never even crossed my mind until we moved into this suite several years back, and the neighbors garage door lights would shine through the bedroom window. It was enough light to cause me sleep disturbances, and I’d find as well–in the wee hours of the morning, the light that filled the room would wake me far too early–and I could never get back to sleep.
When God created the world He said, “Let there be light.” and there was light. I’ve come to understand the huge impact that light has on us, as well as the lack thereof.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
Being prone to S.A.D., (Seasonal Affective Disorder) almost daily I make use of a S.A.D light–to sort of recharge– I guess you could say. For those of us who suffer from this disorder, when not enough light hits the back of the eye, the result is a number of unpleasant symptoms. (Possibly caused by a decrease in serotonin.) These symptoms can range from mood swings or depression, to a lack of energy, and the inability to concentrate. I’ve also found first hand from living in a basement suite that these lower light levels can exaggerate other health issues that were already present. The body is so complex, and even something so seemingly insignificant and simple as a decrease in the amount of light, is enough to throw things off balance.
Light can even affect our decision making. Studies suggest that our emotions are more intense in bright light, and alternately subdued in dim light.
Without light life suffers. Plants can only grow and thrive in the right light conditions, and human beings are no exception to this rule either.
Light truly is of great importance. They don’t say “Let’s shed some light on this.” for nothing. Infact the phrase itself means: to make less confusing, or to make clear. Light reveals, it heals, teaches, affects the way we think and feel, wakes us from our sleep, and even keeps us awake. Without it, life’s darkened avenues become exaggeratedly darker.
Before I came to know Christ I was sleeping beauty, but now I’m wide awake.
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.””