God turns scars into beauty.
A simple reflection over your life will show how He skillfully took your deepest pains and turned them into victorious testimonies. It’s a beautiful thing. However, it’s not a passive process.The deepest, most painful wounds often require our participation before we can become whole. Click To Tweet
Yesterday, on TBN’s “Praise the Lord,” one of the guests was Pastor Tony Brock from Hope and Life church in Snellville, Georgia. He shared how God turned the ugly scar of grief into a “beauty mark” in his life. You see, Pastor Brock’s sixteen year old brother, David, died several years ago after an encounter with a drunk driver.
As Pastor Brock spoke of the distress that accompanies grief, I could relate. As many of you know, most all my family died sudden deaths. Each loss left deep-seated wounds on my spirit and in my heart. To this day, I struggle with the mortality of my loved ones. I battle the fear of receiving another one of those phone calls alerting me to another death and another loss. My faith prevents the fear from crippling me; but it’s a thorn in my side nonetheless. Do you know what I mean?
Giving up never felt so good…
During Pastor Brock’s segment, he says we should make alters or memorials of our wounds. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel often created memorials to remind future generations of Jehovah’s faithfulness.
That reminds me of what Pastor Brock was teaching.
Here’s how it works: when you praise God, you take the focus from your pain(the past) and re-position it on God (the past, present and future). The place of your hurt can become a significant memorial that builds faith, endurance, and spiritual muscle.
Springboard your healing by taking your eyes from your wound and fixing them on Jesus and His work in you. Mark that terrible place in your life as a memorial of His faithfulness. After all, it could have been worse. No longer remember it as a tragedy, but a place where God’s grace was abundant and His strength was made perfect in your weakness.
the goodness of the LORD