My family just left a season of nitpicking—no, not for flaws or mistakes, but literally picking nits out of each other’s hair! My middle son received lice from a friend, and from there we all fell prey. The only person unaffected was my husband, so I assume lice don’t like gelled, short hair.
To say this was one of my worst nightmares is an understatement. Not only do these small parasites freak me out (I won’t even look at their picture on the Internet,) they also cause so much havoc in people’s lives.
We had to call family and friends. We had to wash sheets, pillowcases, pillows, blankets, dolls, coats, clothes, etc. I had a pile of laundry halfway up to the ceiling next to the laundry machines! We had to wash each person’s hair and painstakingly sift through every strand with a tiny, metal nitpicking pick.
Even though all the lice were killed by the shampoo, we spent hours trying to pick the nits! And if you miss just a few, the entire mess happens again. Three times in a one-month period, we had to battle lice—three sets of phone calls, three stacks of laundry, three times of washing and picking at hair. And all of this occurred at the worst possible time! I was publishing three books, we were leaving on a family vacation and I was in the final stages of preparing for a bodybuilding competition.
However, during this month of chaos, I did something different. Instead of complaining to God, I started thanking Him for nits! My kids thought I was crazy, but I knew God had allowed this nit-infestation for some reason, and I was going to praise Him in the storm. My praise should not be circumstantial; rather, it should be based on an unchanging and mighty God!
Now that our family has been nit free for a while, I can look back and know that I did not let my praise be detoured by something as tiny as parasites. Parasites do not change the awesomeness and goodness of our God! I’ve come to realize that my fears will never overshadow the power of God, and I can and should praise Him during the good times and the bad!
“I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.”
– Psalm 34:1-2 (NLT)
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