How Lice (and God) Changed My Life

What I’m about to tell you is probably one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me. But to begin, I must tell you a little bit about myself.

When I was about 7 years old, I found out that I have psoriasis on my scalp, a condition that causes flakes, itchiness, and irritation. It has no known cure, but my mom and I have tried so many medications and topical treatments to try to at least semi-control it. Even though there were some seasons of my life where it seemed better than normal, it never left entirely and it actually caused me quite some ridicule and irritation (There’s only so many times per hour you can brush off your shirt before people begin to notice).

In the most recent years, I began to forget that I even had psoriasis. Sure, I still had to brush my shirt off from the flakes (wearing black was a nightmare) and it still itched like crazy every now and then, but it was just a part of me that I learned to accept and live with.

That is, until a month ago when the Lord spoke to me after I finally asked for healing and He told me that I was healed of it. This definitely took me by surprise!

He said I was healed but the itchiness and flakes still remained. In fact, it only seemed to get worse! What kind of joke was this? Yet I still had faith that He would follow through with His Word, whether or not the symptoms continued. After all, He is King over all of the universe. What He says will be.

This is where the cool part comes in: I woke up this morning, fixed my hair like usual, and finally noticed little bugs crawling in my hair! I, Jessie Nyland, had head lice. A couple hair washes and intense comb sessions later, my mom picked out the majority of the lice. And lo and behold, what did we find?

Any hint of my psoriasis is just about completely gone. My scalp hasn’t looked like this since the 1990’s. What I thought were my psoriasis symptoms were actually just the symptoms of having lice!

God truly did keep His Word! I never thought I would see the day when I could finally say that my psoriasis is gone, but that day has definitely come!

If there is something in your life that you want freedom and healing from, make your request known to God! I simply accepted my psoriasis for years, and it wasn’t until I found the faith and boldness to ask that God healed me from it. Faith is such a vital part of receiving healing. According to James 5:15, “the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.”

Something that God’s really been showing me lately is that He does want to heal us! And He will! I hear a lot of people say that they know God CAN do it. But where’s the faith in that? Faith says that He WILL do it. Like it says in Hebrews 13:8, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He still wants to heal the sick. In fact, power has been given to his disciples to heal in His name. The disciples were actually COMMANDED to heal, like in Luke 1o:9 and Mark 16:15-18. According to that, what is expected of us today?


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