Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Battle Of The Bugs

The girls were sitting in the floor by Denise and she thought that she saw something. She called them over and looked at their hair. She could not believe it. They had lice. Not just a little louse, or even a few lice. It was Lice Metro. Thousands of lice had set up an entire world in their hair. We could not believe it. We had lived on the mission field for three and one-half years and never had them. Now we were in Loudoun County Virginia and had an infestation. We think that they caught them from someone at church, because we cannot figure out where else they came from.

Here we are, almost three weeks and $100 later and we think that we have defeated them. It was amazing how much work it took. Washing their hair in insecticide shampoo, then soaking their hair with olive oil and wrapping it in saran wrap at night, washing sheets, blankets and pillow cases on hot every day were the most time consuming part of the process. Denise also had to comb their scalp in two square inch sections and dig out the egg sacks and dead lice. They missed three weeks of church because we did not want to have evangelistic mice venturing to the mission field of others kid's heads.

I was thinking about this and how it related to our lives. You know, for most of us, it isn't the big sin that gets us. It is the 'little' vices. (I know this is erroneous theology--but you understand what I am saying).

We are not out murdering babies through abortion. We are not embezzling funds. We are not cheating on our husbands or wives. We are not ___________ (fill in the blank with your mad lib verbal sin).

It is not the big is the constant little sins that undermine us. The angry retorts, the bad attitudes, the unforgiving heart, the judgmental spirit and the self-righteous soul are the ones that nibble at our heads and suck the spiritual life out of us. It is the harsh way that we respond to our rebellious teenager and in the unkind manner we treat the cashier at WalMart. It is the music we listen to and the things we let not just flow through our minds but take us residence there. These are the internal lice that eat away at us.

However, the good news is that the treatment is easy, fast and complete. It is called Calvary. Why not go there right now!

Faith with head wrapped up in olive oil and saran wrap.

Mercy following her sister's example

The saran wrap singers

Mercy doesn't seem too bothered by her new doo.


Kathy W said...

WELL, welcome to the south in 2010. As a school nurse I see LOTS of these. This is a really bad year for them! If it happens again, mayonaise is another natural option that is not quite as oily as the olive oil. Sleep in it overnight in a shower cap or saran wrap like the oil. I can't imagine trying to get all that oil out of that many girls hair!!
Sorry I missed you when you were in Mansfield; we've had a fun, busy summer! Head back to school on Monday!
Continue to pray for all of you!
Kathy W

Stumbler said...

Your family is full of nits? Surely we knew that already Joe. You're just lucky those bugs are not Bolivian sized or you'd be using a baseball bat and not a comb!!