Have you ever noticed that when it’s cloudy for days on end, you start to feel a little down? I found out last year that I have a Vitamin D deficiency, which is a pretty common occurrence in the modern world. Many people coat themselves in sunscreen before going outside, and they tend to spend most of their time indoors.
My doctor recommended that I try a Vitamin D supplement. It turns out that shunning sunlight, though it might be good for your skin, actually prevents you from absorbing Vitamin D, a very important nutrient. When it’s cloudy, it’s even harder for people to get their daily dose of D.
When I find myself down in the dumps, the first question I ask myself is: have I spent enough time outside? And if the answer is yes, I ask myself: have I spent enough time inside, as in inside of myself, with God? Oftentimes, I find that the answer is no.
Not spending enough time with God is a lot like not
spending enough time outside—it’s bad for us in ways that we might not even
realize. Avoiding God can be soothing, especially when we’ve doing something
wrong. Avoiding God means that we can avoid guilt, at least for a time. But
after a while, it will start to affect our mood and spiritual health, which can
ultimately affect our physical health. As Christians, we aren't meant to be separated from the Son of God, just as humans aren't meant to live life without the sun.
There will be times when it seems impossible to get enough time with God—sometimes, there are gray clouds hovering over everything we do because of shame and sadness—but putting in the effort to spend even a few minutes praying or reading your Bible can make a big difference in your outlook.
Physicians recommend 10 minutes of sunlight a day to get the proper amount of Vitamin D. But how much time you need to spend with God to get enough of his light is up to you. Ten minutes isn’t a bad start, but you might want to aim for 30 minutes or more to get the maximum benefits of His love. Unlike the sun’s ultraviolet rays, exposure to God’s light can only do you good.
New King James Version (NKJV)1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
This post was written by Emily Haymans.