In our beauty-obsessed culture, scars are viewed as a liability rather than an asset. Think about it: ever seen a severely scarred woman on a fashion magazine cover? I’ll bet not. It’s not necessarily true, but a scar typically assumes the end of beauty instead of the beginning of it. But this is not so in the Kingdom of God. When we submit the scars from our past to Jesus, He makes something beautiful from the pain.
Diamonds are forever; Bandages are not!
As you know, scars are the result of previous injury. Some scars are fixed onto the exterior while others are embedded deep inside the interior of our hearts. Have you noticed how difficult it is to discuss hurtful incidents immediately after they occur? It’s no wonder. Those “scars” are like a fresh cut to your hand. Your natural inclination is to cover it and protect it. But at the appropriate stage of healing, it’s critical to expose the wound to air for it to heal completely. That’s where trusted friends, mentors and clergy come into play; they can help you facilitate healing.
It’s healed… now what?
Once your wounds have healed, the Holy Spirit will guide you to people who can benefit from your scars. Now, I don’t advocate sharing your personal ‘business’ “willy-nilly” with everyone and anyone. Be wise and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you toward the time, person and the place to share your scar testimony. In living color, you can personify how God restores the years the canker worm tried destroy.
Tell it…Everywhere You Go!
As the Holy Spirit leads you, boldly declare your testimony of God’s steadfast goodness. For instance, share that you [too] have made dumb decisions; but God made you victorious in them, through them and after them. Explain to a teenager you know what it’s like to be insecure and how God gave you the confidence she now admires. Openly tell about God’s comfort through the valley of death and sickness.
Godsy Girls are not perfect, but we are striving for maturity in Christ. As we fall down, we allow the Holy Spirit to restore us and then we tell the world of His healing power! What do you think?