The sun is always to our south. Even during the longest summer months of the year when the sun rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest, it’s path is southerly in route. Why do I concern myself with this you ask? Well, as a child whose bedroom window faced north, I rarely, except in those summer months, received direct sunlight into my room. I saw daylight, but the sunlight, in all its beams of glory, only entered my room from June to August. I remember as I child, (not understanding why at the time), how I would sit at the southern part of our house in the direct sunlight.
I didn’t realize until later in life after my diagnosis, how deeply this lack of sunlight in my room affected me. Once I understood my anxiety and depression, and the need for direct sunlight and its great value of vitamin D, I began to purposefully follow the sun.
My house as it sits, faces west in the front and east in the rear. A multitude of windows face south. When I am not at work, it is not uncommon to find me sitting on the floor directly in the sunlight where it shines through the windows. The heat of it’s rays directly on my face, eyes closed, soaking it all in. It is feeding my soul. My body craves what it gives. And in the moments as the light moves across the floor, I follow it, moving with it until it is no longer there.
I find myself more alive in the sun. As it feeds the physiological and psychological parts of me, my spirit is lifted.
And so it is with following the Son. God’s only SON. As I sit in His presence with His love directly gazing on my face, my eyes closed, soaking it all in. He is feeding my soul. My soul craves what He gives. And in the moments as His light moves across my day, I follow Him, moving with Him….but He never “is no longer there”,….this Son is eternal. I find myself more alive in the Son. As I follow the Son, my spirit is lifted. I follow Him always, wherever He leads me, knowing that even in the darkest of nights, His light and goodness always prevail. I am following the Son, for my life depends on His light and His love!
Psalm 43:3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!