Less than a year ago Zachary broke out in a strange rash that started on his scalp and had us and his pediatrician totally mystified. Our dermatologist took one look, however, and recognized it as guttate psoriasis. Uncommon, but since (plaque) psoriasis runs on Jason’s side of the family it wasn’t totally left-field. Now fast-forward 10 months later and here I am with the same type of pink, scaly marks on my arms and sure enough, doc diagnoses me with guttate psoriasis too. This means it has been in my genetic makeup for 30+ years without surfacing and the culprit who tainted my son with the affliction is me! In general, it is a condition that is cyclical and can remain dormant for prolonged periods, and doesn’t pose any real threat other than being unattractive. Here’s the part that has me curious, though. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. So just like food allergies, there is a trigger set off in the body to overreact to substances it thinks are harmful (but are not) and treats the body as if it’s under attack when it’s actually not. So I’m just curious about the connection and how it all works in the body. I doubt we will have answers in our generation, at least not enough to keep up with the complexity of the human body. Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made, designed from the start by God (Psalm 139:14-16) yet experiencing the effects of a sin-cursed world.
Not a real upbeat post here, huh? Well, no, not if our hope is in this life only! How about woohoo for those glorified bodies God is preparing??? And in case you’re wondering what will our glorified bodies look like, Randy Alcorn would like to answer that for you here. He concludes with, “Inside your body, even if it is failing, is the blueprint for your resurrection body. You may not be satisfied with your current body or mind—but you’ll be thrilled with your resurrection upgrades. With them you’ll be better able to serve and glorify God and enjoy an eternity of wonders he has prepared for you.” One day disease and deformity and deterioration will cease and health, wholeness and never-ending life will be the new norm!