When You Look to Your Right and See a Biblical Character

by Sandra Allen Lovelace  @SandraALovelace  #WallflowerWomen  #TimetobeYOU!

The rash appeared out of nowhere. Something I’d never seen on my body. First the dots took over my right forearm, then the left. Then they popped up on my shoulders and started to move up my neck. I’m getting itchy writing the description.

When the red circles got large and angry with little pustules, I ran for help. Share on X

Several options rolled off my doctor’s tongue before she said. “Depending on how miserable you are, steroids would bring the fastest relief.” Her words were cautious because she knows I shun almost all prescription medications. Misery spoke for me and accepted the injection.

After five days at a low dose, the capsules ran out. Peace began to rise as the unwelcome attack receded … until it didn’t. Returning redness and itching threw a net over me that dragged me into despair.

Life was already full of grief and loss, was my health disappearing too? Share on X

My imagination came alive and elbowed me. My head snapped to the side where wide set, brown eyes seemed to fix me with a meaningful look. When the illusory figure offered me a broken piece of terra cotta, my breath caught. Before I could react, he was gone.

Was I supposed to feel better because the Old Testament Job suffered in similar ways? Misery does not love company. At least I don’t. All I wanted was a healing touch from Jesus. Yet there I sat, and began to ponder what I remembered.

Yes. Job did suffer terribly during the challenge between good and evil. Satan asked for and was granted access by God to make Job miserable. When Job refused to curse God after everything was taken away from him, Satan sought and received permission to attack Job physically.

Though covered with painful sores, Job still refused to turn against God. His enemy lost the contest, and God rewarded Job for His faithfulness amidst terrible trials. The bounty Job received was more than he’d had before.

Ah ha. Satan tears down. God builds up. Share on X

As for me, after two weeks the steroid-withdrawal induced fog, weakness, and headaches are gone. The rash is nearly invisible. Fresh focus is stirring for the future. There even seems to be a glimpse of something on the horizon.

Do you get caught in similar battles? Have you felt drained of every ounce of energy, creativity, motivation, health, brain-power, and more? Has isolation turned your insides cold and numbed your heart?

You’re not alone. Hope prevails.
Jesus rescues His people every day.

The Almighty reigns,


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  1. I’m thankful you’re feeling better after all that, Sandra. For me, it’s depression that sometimes tugs me into what feels like a sinking hole and it takes a while to feel released. I’m looking forward to learning more about those glimpses. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Cathy. Confusion and fear definitely grabbed me for a time. It was an excellent opportunity to practice CHOOSING to trust Jesus. He is indeed the way … not simply to His Father. Jesus is the way to live. 😀

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