Scars Of Life
Holding dear to my scars. What an odd statement! A statement that I am learning to make true in some areas. A statement that I have learned to make true in other areas. To hold dear as a verb – be fond of; be attached to cherish, treasure, care for love. A scar according to the World English Dictionary:
“scar 1 (skɑː) — n 1. any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound 2. a permanent change in a person’s character resulting from emotional distress: his wife’s death left its scars on him 3. the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem 4. a mark of damage; blemish — vb , scars , scarring , scarred 5. to mark or become marked with a scar 6. to heal leaving a scar.”
Sure I have physical scars that serve as a reminder of days gone by. Some were made from stupidity, by accident and some were made by medical procedures. The scars I am talking about are the emotional scars on my heart. Hurts that have been healed and hurts that are still healing. There is One who has scars as well, His was for our redemption.
“38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Luke 24:38-39 NIV
His redeeming power can and will heal our wounds, making scars that we can hold dear to; as He holds His scars dear for us.
What are some of these wounds/hurts?
They come from a variety of events in our life.
- Sexual Abuse
- Mental Abuse
- Physical Abuse
These are just a start of what comes to mind, I am sure there are more. While I don’t have experience in all these areas, a good bit of these I do. Thankfully not all at once. What I have and still am learning is God’s grace and mercy has covered me. Through the grace and mercies from God, I am able to hold dear to my scars. A few years back, I had a dear christian leader tell me that I was a very strong lady. At the time, I felt anything but strong and did not understand her statement. As I have grown in God, I have come to understand what she had said. Now I can say, “Yes, I am but the glory goes to God. It is Him alone that gets all the credit, I was only obeying His will.”
Healing those wounds is a process. A process we can not do on our own. A process that requires God. In order to gain complete healing that turns those wounds into scars we can hold dear.
Where to Begin?
When you acknowledge to yourself, there is a wound/hurt that is in need of healing.
- Boldly take it to God in prayer.
- Depending what the circumstance is, you may to need to seek professional counseling and/or assistance.
- In all circumstances, you need to seek godly counsel. That could be a close, trusted friend, family, a church leader, or your pastor. Nevertheless who you chose to seek out, seek someone out.
- Educate yourself.
- Get resources to help you.
- Follow through, Obey God and the instruction He gives.
“”Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
At times the process may be long. Sometimes the process will be short. No matter how long the process, Hold Dear to those scars. For they are a reminder of what God’s grace and mercy can do over your life.
Are you holding dear your scars? What about wounds that are in need of healing?
In His Love, Crisi
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