Earlier this month I underwent a biopsy to properly diagnose a rare outbreak on my leg. I’ve been doing my best to hide the scar because it’s very visible, so I’ve opted for slacks and when wearing a dress, a bandaid has done the job.
Scars are one of those things that we often try to hide, because scars cause others to stare, ask questions, and perhaps judge without really knowing the entire story. If you’re like me, you don’t like the additional attention and you try to minimize visibility to avoid questions.
You may be wondering why I’m writing about it if I’ve tried so hard to hide it? Jonny Diaz wrote a song I heard this morning and I had to share the lyrics because they brought tears to my eyes:
Praise God we don’t have to hide scars
They just strengthen our wounds, and they soften our hearts.
They remind us of where we have been, but not who we are
So praise God, praise God we don’t have to hide scars
As I walked towards City Hall this morning I thought about how at times we try to portray perfection because we are ashamed of our scars, our past, our failures. I was reminded how much God loves us and how he doesn’t turn us away despite of our scars. People may judge you, remind you of your past, question whether you deserve your scars, but this morning I was reminded that God allows us to keep scars in order for our wounds to be strengthened and our hearts to be softened.
The next time you are reminded of the scars of your past, or you see them because of a memory, tell yourself, “Thank you God for this scar, my reminder of who I was, but not who I am”.
My scar will hardly be visible in a week or two, but it will serve as a reminder that although doctors thought something was wrong, that scar proved that I was alright. The scar on my leg will keep my heart tender to love God, serve Him, honor Him, and trust Him. How about you? My challenge to you today is be proud of the scars!
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)