Sometimes God speaks to me in such strange times or places. Case in point; I was looking over some of the scars I have, while in the bathtub. (Admit it, you probably do it too). I have this scar on my forehead from when I was in a car accident as a kid and before it healed I was stung by a bee.
I have another little scar on my lower eye from an assault-I also have one just below my collar bone from the same attack. I have a scar on my knuckles from hitting a windshield. I have little scars all over both arms from when I was an addict and would pick at my skin. Scars from a hysterectomy due to cancer.
I have a bunch of scars on my knees from motorcycles and horses; which is great fun, unless you're "under the influence" of substances which I was most of the time back then. I have another scar on my foot from where I stabbed myself (don't ask). And that doesn't even begin to cover the interior wounds(would hate to see my liver and lungs-Yikes) and scars. Especially the countless times my heart has been broken by people or situations.
While examining these scars, I got a mental picture of Jesus pointing out His scars. I could just imagine Him saying "And this one is from the time you turned your back on Me...and this one is from when you said you hated Me....this one is from that time you said you didn't know anything about Me." By His stripes we are healed--Praise God!
They remind us of where we have been in our lives and can help us see how the grace of God has brought us through things. I appreciate everyone of my scars. I hold them dearly with sentimental value attached to each one. Most of my scars were obtained when I wasn't following the Lord as I should have. But those same scars now serve to help me minister to other people. My scars from drug and alcohol abuse can serve as witnessing tools to those still in that bondage. My scars from the assault/rape, help me relate and minister to those who have suffered the same thing.
I truly thank the Lord for all things I have endured. No, they were not a "cake walk" or great things-but they can be used to do great things for others now. So, even that, I count all joy. I pray you don't let your "scars" be a stumbling block or a tool used by satan to keep you down, but that you can give glory to God for them and help others.
Take some time to think about the "scars" in life and also the suffering that Jesus took for YOU.
copyright Pastor Brenda Libby 2004
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Brenda, your article reminds me of a song, 'Scars are a sign of healing." How wonderful and humbling to know Jesus took edured terrible pain that left scars, and all for our healing.