[Wake up, sleeper]

Every night before bed–before I even close my eyes–I dawn my sleep mask.  Embroidered on it’s black satin fabric, in shiny silver thread reads: ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Being a huge Disney fan, I was immediately drawn to this one over all the other slogans to choose from.

I haven’t always used a sleep mask.  Infact, the thought never crossed my mind until we moved into this suite several years back and our neighbor’s garage door lights would shine through the bedroom window.  It was enough light to cause me sleep disturbances. As well, in the wee hours of the morning, the sunlight that filled the room would wake me far too early.

Let There be light!

When God created the world He said, “Let there be light.” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3) 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.”

–Genesis 1:3

Seasonal Affective Disorder

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, not enough light hitting the back of the eye results in 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 discovered first hand from living in a basement suite that these lower light levels can further exaggerate other already present health issues.  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 Affects our Decision Making

Studies suggest that our emotions are more intense in bright light, and alternately subdued in dim light. 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 can even keep 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.””

–Ephesians 5:11-14



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