I remember it like it was yesterday. As I removed my shoes, I mentally was preparing myself to walk across the rough and jagged rocks the same hard ground that Jesus once walked. Would I be able to feel his presence? I felt I needed to encounter his presence. God sent me here for a purpose, but so far all my seeking for him seemed to be non-existent; this has to be the day he shows me why I am here! As I stepped across the uneven, sharp rocks, I was taking in the light and breathing in the sweetly perfumed air, rushing to get down by the shoreline. I could hear the sound of the babbling brook as I eagerly ran. I saw the modest church that stood at the edge of the path. The magnificent doors were intricately carved from rough –hewn wood. Small stained-glass windows dotted the otherwise simple plaster walls. The rock where Jesus stood was roped off at the front of the small building like an alter.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Thursday, December 15, 2016
By: Christy Bidon
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”
Genesis 1:3-4 NIV
As we wander through life we all encounter crossroads. Have you ever noticed that perhaps during a certain time of year you don’t care, feel sluggish, unmotivated, and depressed? Maybe you struggle with some memory loss, concentration? Let me tell you a story.
There she was, sitting in her living room; feeling overwhelmed with this huge leap in faith and life by returning to school. What was she thinking? “I must be crazy” was just one; trying hard at keeping her eye on the bigger picture. She was trusting in God, and trusting in herself. Not holding onto the past, knowing tomorrow is a gift, yet today was the present God intended for her to have. She needed to embrace it. On this particular day the darkness seemed to be hanging over her head a little more than she wanted. Feeling less than, not good enough, her concentration was poor – her mind would wonder, why me? Maybe she was just depressed. She didn’t have time for any of that. All this thinking lead her straight back into her past – the past of darkness. How was she to eliminate such feelings? She started hanging onto:
At just that moment “The Light” came on. She started researching more about this light. With God as her light she was able to uncover some of the most helpful information, and a different definition of “The Light.” So often this darkness comes to those during winter months and is labeled as ‘SAD’. According to the researchers at the Mayo Clinic, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) it is a type of depression that’s related to changes in season – SAD begins and ends at about the same time every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression with the spring or early summer” (2014, para 1). As she continued to read she was beginning to believe that maybe this was what she was suffering from, not depression. She continued to search this disease and found what could be a possible solution. She called it “The Light”; medically they call it Bright Light Therapy. She found that there have been many studies done regarding this type of therapy. Her finding revealed that if you have some of these “symptoms including but not limited to: feeling hopeless, worthless, low energy, sleeping problems, agitated, low concentration” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2014, para 3), you may find that bright light therapy medical treatment useful. Many of the symptoms that she has experienced, she realized that having a learning disability, difficulty with concentrating and comprehending may not necessarily be true.