Wow, what a beautiful spring day….. it’s in the upper 60’s, blue sky, low humidity. I enjoy standing outside and taking deep breaths of the fresh air. I feel healthier by the minute. My spirit tends to improve on days like today…. sunny, bright, a perfect day.
Boy, what if I lived in Iceland. On December 21st in Raufarhöfn, North Iceland the sun rises at 11:55am and sets at 2:09 pm….2 hours and 14 minutes of daylight. That must be pretty depressing…spending most of your day in the dark.
It’s really “SAD”. In fact that’s the acronym for this disorder… “seasonal affective disorder”. “Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of major depression with seasonal pattern (formerly known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD). This is a form of depression triggered by the changing seasons.” I had a good friend whose wife suffered from this disorder. As they got older, they would spend much of the winter season in Florida to try and alleviate the problem.
Well, in heaven there will not be any sadness. Every day will be perfect… in every way. Can you imagine that first heavenly breath. We may arrive coughing and wheezing, with a pale complexion, our pulse at zero…. actually dead. But then we take that first breath. Wow, I can breath. I feel great. I’m no longer tired or worried or sad or fearful or sick, or out of peace. I really feel great. And of course my soul will feel great…. sin and its effects will be gone, no more fear or sorrow. No more death and no more attacks of the devil. And, of course being in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It goes on and on…. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…the Blessed Mother, the angels and saints, our dear family and friends there to greet us. Wow, incredible,
This beautiful Spring day can help us to think of many wonderful and beautiful things…. primarily the beauty that awaits us in heaven. So let’s not get bogged down with the trial and tribulations of this life…they are all passing away. Let’s not focus on the sorrows of this earth, but “lift our drooping hands and strengthen our weak knees.” (Heb. 12:12) Let’s lift up our head and ponder the greatness of our salvation. Wow, take another deep breath of that spring morning, listen to the birds singing, the refreshing breeze. God is so good.