The other day I was at a routine Chiropractic appointment. I noticed that for the past couple of years, my right hip seemed a bit tight when I tried to exercise. I asked the Doctor why this was happening. He told me it was scar tissue that had built up from a prior injury or injuries on that hip.
He asked me if I’d hurt it. I told him I had a couple of falls by slipping on the ice during the winter. He confirmed that it must be it. I responded with “Dang, scar tissue is dumb”. I hate that I have this now? He replied with, “I see what you mean, but scars are God’s way of having the body remind you to not hurt that part of your body ever again. It’s for your protection.”
Well this got me thinking about my attitude about pain in general. I remember in my teens and early adulthood there would be times I would hear of others that survived life’s storms. Honestly, I cringed at the thought that I’d ever bear the scars of any wounds. At that time, I wanted so much to come out of life completely untouched. I wanted to tell the world that I had been spared the trials of this life. Can you smell the funk from that attitude? Really, who did I think I was? Looking back at this, I can say that this clearly was pride. Why even Jesus, God’s own son was not spared pain. Yes, Jesus was hurt and abused. Jesus was scarred. And you know what? He didn’t hide His scars. When Thomas doubted that he had risen after His death, He appeared to Thomas and beckoned him to touch His hands and side, to feel and see the scars. He challenged him to believe, and went further as to say in John 20:29
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (NIV)
Friends, have you been trying hard to cover up your scars? Have you worked overtime to make sure that no one sees that they are there? Are you embarrassed of your hardships? I am here to encourage you that God never wastes a hurt. When God heals you, even though scars are left behind, the pain is gone. Those very scars can stand as a testimony of God’s healing touch bringing others to believe in Him. Let your scars tell your story of redemption and how He brought you back to life. Each scar is a reminder of God’s grace. Each scar is a sign of His protection. One day, if not now, you may even see your scars as He sees them…beautiful. “He has made everything beautiful in its time” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
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