Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.
What if there was a ten year old girl who had a very bad case of head lice and was ostracised by many in her community and her mother, because of a disability, was unable to help her to be rid of the lice.
What if one day this little girl went to church at the invitation of church member and the good church folk could see the head lice jumping on her head and the tiny white specks, the nits, close to her scalp.
What if the minister preached about acceptance asking if the good church folk would welcome into their midst a person with lots of tattoos, a person who was a drug addict or a person who was an alcoholic, any such person – warts and all – into their midst, and if all agreed that, yes, everyone was welcome to sit with them in church.
If this scenario happened in your church, what would you do?
Would you shun the young girl keeping a very safe distance and instruct others not to give her your address for fear that she would visit you and play with your children?
Or would you welcome the young girl and have her sit with you and your family in church and invite her into your home allowing your own children to play with the young girl placing your children in a position where they would get lice and nits in their hair?
Would you purchase head lice treatment, wash the young girl’s hair and consistently treat the lice over a period of three or four months then enjoy watching the young girl’s long dark hair become shiny and beautiful and clean and free of lice and nits?
Would you love the young girl and bring her under the instruction of the gospel teaching her the truth about Jesus Christ and his love for her even while she is a lice-ridden sinner and in need of his salvation?
And would you thank and praise God for lice?
The Hiding Place, written by Corrie ten Boom and John and Elizabeth Sherrill, is the story of Corrie and her sister, Betsie, when they suffered during the course of the holocaust in the Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II. The account relates how the barracks were so badly infested with lice that the guards would not enter. Consequently, the sisters were able to read the Bible and pray with others without fear of retribution. When the sisters understood the reason the guards dared not go into the barracks, they thanked God and praised him for the lice.
Praise God for Corrie and Betsie ten Boom who overcame their fear of lice for the sake of the gospel. And praise God for the person who overcame her fear of lice to become a wonderful witness to a young girl of the love of God in Christ Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life and the one who died that we might all be free of the nits and warts and all of our sin. (Jesus Christ—Matthew 25:40)