The moment I saw my son scratching his head during his basketball game, I was suspicious…  Over the next several hours our entire family was diagnosed with head lice. We were embarrassed and wanted to keep the diagnosis private, but knew we had to inform others their children may have been exposed.  As our family was undergoing treatment, I wondered what God wanted me to LEARN from this experience. While in quarantine, I thought about the Bible story of people who suffered with leprosy. (Leviticus 13) They were outcast by how they looked and couldn’t be near others until they were clean. I wonder how often we overlook the OUTCASTS in our daily lives. While combing through heads of hair to remove nits, I was reminded that God knows the number of hairs on our head. Every single one. We are more to him than the number of hairs on our head. God VALUES us. (Luke 12:7) I was humiliated, but God HUMBLED me when my husband and daughter served me by combing through my hair.  Jesus demonstrated love to his disciples when He washed their feet. (John 13:1-17) How do we show LOVE to others? I learned, although the treatment was tedious, it was only temporary. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) Our troubles of today will be gone, but life with Christ is ETERNAL. Lastly, when I shared our experience, I received both helpful and hurtful reactions. (1 Thessalonians 5:11) How can we pass judgment and ENCOURAGE others during their trials? Thank-you God for the “life” lessons that I’ve learned— in something so small as an itch. – Melissa Lundy

devo 2-25-15