Because of sickness, the winter of 1988 was the worst interruption to our homeschooling days. Chicken pox hit our family hard, and for one long month, homeschooling was set aside as I worked to nurse my four children back to health. Every two weeks, one after another, my children fell ill and laid on the couch to recover. Every day was consumed with making healthy recipes, wiping runny noses, and finding activities for my children to occupy themselves while healing from the red, itchy sores. Quarantined, I wondered, "Will I ever see the outside world again?"

In Leviticus 13, isolation was a remedy for leprosy for God's people. A priest would look for signs on the skin of people or their articles of clothing that showed them to be unclean. Upon the priest's pronouncement, a person would be removed from the rest of the community until that person's body was healed (Leviticus 13:46).

Isolation can also bring healing as you face the sickness of sin in your life. Alone and free of distractions, you can hear the Holy Spirit gently nudging you to make changes that are necessary in your life. Healing and forgiveness from Christ renew your soul and restore a healthy relationship between you and the Lord. You are able to face the world again living a Christ-honoring life. "If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work" (2 Timothy 2:21).

Has the sin of self-pity, impatience, or greed spotted your walk with the Lord and made you sick? If so, isolate yourself immediately and go to Jesus, your healing high priest. He has promised to wash us and cleanse us if we come to Him in repentance. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the things I have allowed to dirty my life. Wash me today, so I might be a vessel fit for Your service, which will bring honor to Your name, Amen.