Scars, not to many of us make it through our life without them. Some are big, some small, some noticeable, some discreetly hidden. Scars are a visible reminder of an injury. When I was about seven years old, I was playing with my cousin in our backyard swimming pool. We were pushing each other into the pool off of the surrounding deck. I fell in close to the ladder and I received a two-inch laceration to the back of my leg, due to a sharp screw sticking out of a metal ladder. It was pretty deep and bled quite profusely. I still remember getting the stitches, not a fun experience. It probably left a much bigger scar than need be, because I was told to stay out of the pool for a length of time afterwards, so that it could completely heal, BUT I didn’t. I also have scars from bearing children. I have scars from burns. Yes, most of us do not make it through this life without some scars.
Now, unlike physical scars, some of us have emotional scars. Hurts not seen by the visible eye. Emotional scars come in many forms. Sometimes these scars come by way of difficult circumstances in life. It may be the pain of suffering through a difficult divorce, or some form of abuse, sometimes emotional scars are consequences of the poor choices we make or from the bad choices of others that affect us. Whatever they may be, usually the pain associated with emotional scaring so often times can be so much more severe and have more lasting effects than that of physical scaring. But one thing is true, like it or not, all scars become part of who we are. They become part of our identity.
A friend of mine made a post on Facebook not to long ago about being thankful for the scars in our lives. This statement set me to thinking. We can either let the injuries and offences in life permanently maim us, or we can use them to make us stronger. Sometimes we don’t understand the awful things that happen in this life. But as I’ve come to understand the nature of God more fully, I am comforted by the thought that we have a heavenly father that can use all things to work together for good and bring himself glory (Romans 8:28). Yes, even the bad, painful and ugly things).
Sometimes people get so tripped up on the atrocity of an offence that they sometimes miss the greater work of God lying beyond the circumstance. Bad things happen in this world because of sin. That’s the thing, sometimes we will never know the reason behind why God allows certain things to happen. Satan loves nothing more than for us to get hung up on the bad circumstances and scars in our life. He will most definitely use them against us if we let him. Satan will set up strongholds (which is anything that sets itself up against the truth of God. . .2 Corinthians 2:5) to keep us in bondage. This is definitely not God’s plan for us. The bible says that because of the truth of Christ we have been set free (Galatians 5:1). Jesus Christ took the punishment for our sin . . . he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). In that awesome sacrifice, God paid for the sin of all mankind. Jesus himself was scarred for us. In that transaction God secured eternal life for us and he paid the price for our freedom. God wants us to walk in that freedom!
We all have choices to make. I am by no means minimizing the pain and hurt associated with emotional scarring. Yes, scars can maim us, but they do not have to cripple us or bury us. Just as I made my physical scar worse than need be by not allowing it to completely heal, so it is with emotional scars. We must allow Jesus Christ to free us and heal us before we will ever experience true victory. When we experience God’s healing, we can begin to see that nothing happens in this life that God cannot use to fit into part of his ultimate plan. We can use these very hurtful things, to help others and show them God’s love and to ultimately bring glory to God.
I have both experienced physical and emotional scaring in my life and I know we have an awesome God who has provided a way of freedom from those scars! No, they will never completely disappear, but God can heal the pain associated to the hurt IF we let him. ~ Father God, I pray if someone reading this is holding on to hurtful things from the past, that you would give them victory over this today. Release them from the hurt and the bondage to pain and fear. Help them to trust you and to let you heal them from the inside out. Direct them to others that might be able to help them through this. Father you are an awesome God. Thank you for the scars in my life. All I am is yours, use my scaring for your glory. In your name I pray! AMEN