I am the girl who has feared having it so many times I've actually gone to the doctor to be checked out as a college student, teacher and mother. Because squirmy, annoying disgustingness thrives in dorm room mattresses, classrooms and (ick, ugg, ugh) homes of children. I'm the mom who has been quoted many times, some very recent, saying, "That (dealing with lice) is one of my biggest fears. Thank the Lord we haven't had it!"
This morning at 7:27 AM as I was brushing the children's hair for school, I confronted this dreaded fear. Lice.infestation.at.my.home. I responded, "Okay Lord, let's go."
As the nurse was confirming my fears, the color drained from face as my stomach did flip flops. My mind went racing over the hours in the day and I slowly dragged my weary and battle worn self out of the school and to the drugstore. After $75 worth of delicing products were purchased we went home and shampooed, gelled, combed, combed, combed, blow dried, flat ironed and picked. For over four hours. We headed back to the school to pick up the uninfested children (Praise God not all four were infested!) and were declared fit for school by the nurse.
As I combed I thought of this verse: "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Luke 12:7 and I talked about how loved my child is. God loves us so much He counts each hair. God can teach us through trials and only good gifts are what He gives. I thought of this verse: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 and spoke of my child's beauty and how the enemy tries to make beautiful things ugly and good things bad. As I seemed to pick an uncountable number of yuckies out of an innumerable number of hair strands I thought of this verse: "A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you." Psalm 91:7
The other seven hours of today and several more tonight will be spent stripping, emptying, spraying, bagging, vacuuming, washing and drying everything we touch. Linens, coats, hats, mittens, scarves, pillows, blankets, plush, etc. When my house is back on the active market, it will surely be the cleanest house in town. A far cry from the house of about eighteen months ago I tell you. Doesn't God have a sense of humor?
So whether our enemy comes creeping under the creeky, shadowy cover of night or crawling around us like a million slithery bugs the same truth holds. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
PS If I just commented on your blog over the holidays that I could never ever in a million years do the lice decontamination, leave me a comment, I'd love to remember who you are. =)