The Scars From Your Life And The Stories They Tell

 

Scars are a Part of Life

Scars are a part of life. They remind everyone of their past injuries. Several scars reside on my body and each one has a story. An elbow surgery in 2003 left an ugly scar on my left elbow. I remember the discomfort and pain following that surgery. Hydrocodone was a good friend during those days after surgery. A two foot scar decorates the center of my back. That scar memorializes the spinal fusion surgery I experienced at the age of 13. The surgery was part of a 5 year long treatment for scoliosis. 

Physical scars are inevitable. Eventually everyone has one. What scars do you have? Perhaps you have one from a previous surgery. Scars can result from an accident or childhood mishap. There are many brave men today who have scars from wounds suffered while defending our country in battle. Every scar has a story behind it. Scars are reminders of injuries and pain we endured in our past. A scar is evidence healing has occurred. The pain may be gone, but reminders of the pain remain. 

Emotional Scars are Very Real

Not every scar is a visible physical scar. Many scars are deep-rooted emotional scars. Emotional scars may not be seen but they hold vivid memories of past pain related to them. Almost everyone has physical scars; some people also have emotional scars. Many people grew up in abusive homes as children or have endured hardships that shook them to their core. Others have been misunderstood or disrespected by others in the past. Many life experiences can cause emotional scarring. 

Much like a physical scar, an emotional scar serves as a reminder. Emotional scars are reminders of painful episodes in our lives and indicate that we have lived through the pain and healing has occurred. Occasionally someone may see your physical scar and ask you about the story behind it. Sometimes we voluntarily share the story behind a physical scar we have. To some, a physical scar is worn like a badge of honor. The scar says, “I battled the pain, I conquered it, and I lived to tell the story.” But, emotional scars are the ones often hidden from others.

Share the Story of Your Scars

Though our emotional scars can’t be seen by others, they carry important stories. Because they can’t be seen, others may not know they exist. But, the stories behind emotional scars sometimes need to be shared. Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.  

There are good reasons for sharing the stories of emotional scars. The reason is not to get sympathy or throw a pity party. The reason for sharing the story behind an emotional scar is to help someone. Another person may live with the pain and hurt you’ve experienced. They need to be reminded they will overcome their difficult situation and come out victorious. Hurting people need reassurance the pain is temporary and will soon leave only a scar in its place. The scar will signify they have healed. There is something beautiful about scars regardless of nature. A scar means the hurt is over and the wound is closed, healed, and gone.

One day all Scars and Pain Will Vanish

Some day when Jesus calls his children home, we will live in eternity free from pain. We will have perfected and glorified bodies and be healthy and free from any emotional or physical scars. I am looking forward to that day! There is a blessed hope for those who continue to live by faith and seek God. The Bible tells us no ear has heard, no eye has seen, nor has it entered anyone’s mind the things God has prepared for those who love him. (1st Corinthians 2:9) 

The Book of Revelation is a fascinating book of the Bible. The Book of Revelation contains a vision and revelation the disciple John received from God. John received this revelation while exiled on the Isle of Patmos. It is the only book in the Bible that specifically says you will be blessed for reading it. John wrote about things in Heaven. In Revelation 21:3-4 John wrote, “I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

The Last Scars we See

Heaven will be free of pain, sorrow, and reminders of life’s trials. Scars will be no more. However, there will be one last reminder from scars. The scars will be in the hands and feet of Jesus. They will tell the story of how he suffered and died on an old rugged cross for you. You will have eternal reminders of his boundless love. Those scars will speak the story of God’s grace to you throughout eternity. Every scar has a story. 

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, 

Mark

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