My finger was cut off once, and I have a scar to prove it. Stitches, scars, surgeries, and more tell stories of a life lived, adventures taken, mistakes made, and humility gained. Every scar I bear is a story of my mistakes, but also a story of others who served and helped me heal. Every story on my journey can ultimately point to God’s faithfulness and His plan that far exceeds my dreams.
Genesis 32:22-32 tells the story of Jacob who wrestled God and was ultimately humbled by Him. This true life-changing encounter changed his name and altered the course of his life, but he still limped with a reminder of the pain. His “scar” not only reminded himself of the painful lesson he learned but was a visible statement to others. There is so much insight we can gain from this story.
You are like me, I’m sure. Some scars are visible and others are emotional. No matter what the scar is, we are reminded of our past and even the painful memory that may be associated with it. I pray that our scars can remind us of God’s provision and protection. If we have a scar, it means that we are still breathing and have a voice to point to the nail-scarred hands of Christ who gives us life and purpose.
Perhaps today you can pause and thank God for His healing. Go one more step and tell the story of that scar to ultimately share the story of hope that God provides in Christ. Your scars can share His story, more than yours.