My family and I were recently under the weather, and I was nearing the end of our sickness when I broke out in an irritating rash on the sides of my legs. I admit that I was seeking the “comfort” of advice from others and not praying about it as much as I should have been.
I was racking my brain as to why I had this rash and what was causing it. It was so itchy and after a few days of using an anti-itch cream (that wasn’t really helping), I decided to go to the doctor.
She told me I was definitely having an allergic reaction to something. I tried to think of anything I was doing differently. The only thing I could think of was that I recently changed our laundry detergent. That must be it! So, she prescribed me a topical steroid cream and an oral steroid to take for a few days.
I felt like things were going to change for the better…I had my answer.
I was wrong.
The irritating irritation seemed to feel better after applying the cream, but it still wasn’t going away! I literally wanted to rip my legs off and throw them in the garbage (haha). Not really, of course, but you get my drift as to how annoying it was!
I talked to my sisters and my sisters-in-law…tried to let their words of comfort give me hope that this rash would go away ASAP. It just wasn’t and I was left feeling discouraged.
Then, it hit me. I was focusing more on finding comfort in the words of others rather than focusing on prayer and God, the true Healer.
I stopped what I was doing and started praying. I knew that there had to be something else going on because it just wasn’t getting any better.
I was folding laundry and washing our bed sheets (again) in the free-and-clear laundry detergent, hoping to completely get rid of any leftover detergent that may be causing my rash.
And. Then. It. Hit. Me.
It was like God whispered the answer to me and I knew what was causing my irritation.
The mattress topper!!!! We’d put it on our mattress a few days before I broke out in the rash, and I never once even thought about it! I’m allergic to one of the ingredients in the mattress topper, and that was what was causing my irritation.
I immediately thanked God. I was so grateful that He showed me! What a beautiful and humbling reminder. Once I focused back on God, He whispered the answer, and I was able to hear it because I was focused on Him.
(The rash is gone. Thank you, Jesus, for whispering to me.)
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
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