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From SAD to the Son
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"Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows"
(Matthew 10:31).

I was feeling like a sad country song. I still had my wife, my dog, my truck, my kids, my job, and all those things usually mentioned in melancholy country songs, but I was depressed. My life hadn’t fallen apart. No, I’d simply tried for a promotion I shouldn’t have expected, and failed.

I did everything I could. I took tests, did the interviews, and presented my barren resume. After the dust had settled I was left out. Now I had a deep, empty feeling inside that made me want to hang my head and quit.

I’d read in the paper about a condition called SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Basically, during the winter months, people with SAD get depressed, presumably because they aren’t getting enough sunlight. Maybe that’s me, I thought. Maybe this feeling would vanish if I just got out in the sunshine. There are no windows in the factory where I work but the weatherman said it was supposed to be an unseasonably warm January day, with plenty of sunshine. At break, I’ll go outside and take a walk. That might help.

At 3:00 p.m. I hurried outside to take my walk but was disappointed when greeted by a cool, cloudy day. Oh well, I sighed, exercise is good. I’ll take this walk anyway, because exercise also makes one feel better.

Shaft of Sunlight

As I walked briskly around the building I saw a shaft of sunlight racing like a giant spotlight across the landscape toward me, illuminating different parts of the field. The light passed over me and seemed to pause on a nearby brush pile. As the hole in the clouds closed I noticed tiny sparrows flitting about, busying themselves with whatever sparrows do. It was as if the sunbeam was God’s finger trying to make me notice those tiny birds.

I paused for a moment to envy their carefree life. God pointed those sparrows out to help me realize that He cared about how I felt. Barely 10 minutes after leaving the building with a heavy heart, I returned to work feeling downright invigorated. I realized it wasn’t sunlight I was missing, but Son light. When you sense that your life is in God’s control there is no reason to be depressed over things beyond your control.

Thank You, Lord, for lighting up my life with the thought that I am far more valuable to You than sparrows. And You care for everyone! Amazing!

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By Stewart T. Pepper. Excerpted from Fit Forever, compiled by Kay Kuzma, copyright © 2005 by Review & Herald Publishing. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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