In a culture that is obsessed with beauty and perfection, hiding our flaws and scars can be a driving force in life. But why? Isn’t it our scars that make us who we are? Whether they are emotional scars or physical scars, they make up the story of who we are today.
My youngest daughter, Sophia has a beautiful 5 inch scar down her left knee. I chuckle because she totally rejected the Vitamin E oil I offered her to help heal and fade her scar after surgery. She had no desire to have it fade. She wears it with pride. Not so much because a torn ACL ended her high school lacrosse career and subsequent prospects of playing in college, but rather it reminds her how God reached down in His loving mercy and gave her some divine direction through the whole painful process.
As I reflect back on Easter just a few weeks ago, it’s so amazing to me to think about how Jesus’ resurrected body was healed, yet His scars remained. Jesus even allowed his disciples to trace his scars to give the hope and faith to believe again.
“Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side.” John 20:27
Jesus understood that God often leaves the scars of our past wounds as evidence of His awesome power. You see, Scars are not ugly, but rather are evidence of God’s healing.
It is our scars that make us who we are today. They deepen our roots in Him and glorify the One who has brought us through them.
Jesus modeled for us how to encourage, inspire and give hope to those who are walking the same paths we have walked.
II Corinthians 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the same comfort we ourselves have received from God.
So when God places someone in your life that needs to be reminded of God’s goodness and hope for a situation….let them trace your scars and be encouraged that they too, by Gods strength, will make it through.
Don’t hide your beautiful scars!!