Why do we see scars as such bad things? Why do we allow them to be something we try to hide? Why are we so bent on being beautiful in others eyes that we lose what truly makes us each beautiful…scars and all?
I look at the scars I have and I see them as a thing of beauty. Something God carried me through, even when I didn’t realize He was there. Each scar, no matter how big or how small makes me who I am, who He has created me to be. It is my choice to be that person or to remain lost in the world in its ways.
Even as Christians we can be lost. Lost in being who we think we are supposed to be, playing the part. Hiding our scars so no one sees the truth of who we are and all we have been through. We create and design the perfect life, a perfect lie. We lose the beauty in those scars and what they can bring to the lost and to the body of Christ.
I have theory that the scars not only make us who we are but are designed to draw other souls to Christ. They are there to show where we once were and who we have become, only through Him. Covering the scars hides the work He has done. It makes us out to be something we are not. It hides the true beauty in what God has carried us through. It puts the spotlight on us.
I say, show those scars. Show the missteps and mistakes. Show how broken you are. Let them see that being a Christian isn’t perfection. It isn’t playing church. It doesn’t mean we are happy all the time. Show the truth.
Being a Christian is work, it is a battle. There are missteps. There are wounds and broken hearts. There are scars that heal but the pain in some form may remain.
But in all of that, He is there. He is wiping tears. He is there with open arms, when you are ready to run to Him. He is there to bind those wounds, to heal your heart, and to set you free again. Time after time. For we are not perfect but are being perfected daily in Him.
In Him…you are loved.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3 NLT
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:6 NASB