It was December 5, 2011. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that day.
That was the day our daughter was injured in a car accident.
That was the day she received a noticeable scar on her beautiful face.
That was the day God spared her life.
The photos of the accident and of her car still give me the shivers.
The days that followed her accident were difficult. Our daughter hated the gash in her forehead. She hated her stitches. And she knew she was going to hate her scar… forever. After all, it was her senior year of high school.
Why did this have to happen anyway?
Over the next several months, she followed doctor’s orders and took care of that scar. So much so, you have to look closely to see it today.
We all have them.
Some are visible, like my daughter’s. Yet, some we can’t see. Sometimes those are the ones that can be the most deep and take the longest to heal.
The scars left on the heart after an emotional battle.
The scars remaining from unkind words.
The lasting scars of hurtful memories and painful moments.
Yes, scars can be painful. Scars may seem anything but pretty. But, there’s more good found in scars than we realize.
A scar is evidence of healing.
A scar appears after healing is already at work. A wound that hasn’t healed doesn’t have a scar. And we all know there’s goodness and blessing in healing.
My daughter’s scar reminds me of the “swoosh” of a well known athletic company. But it also reminds me how God’s sovereign hand is upon her. It reminds me of His faithfulness and love. It reminds me of His healing power.
I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds. Jeremiah 30:17a TLB
And one more…
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 NIV
In writing this post, I texted my daughter and asked her how she feels about that scar on her forehead today.
“I wish it was more visible because it’s a part of my past and it makes me who I am. I love it. I think it looks super cool.”
We can learn to love our scars.
And, our scars can help others.
If you have a scar or two on your heart? You can relate to another who does.
If your scar is in your memories? You can help someone else who’s scar is in his.
If your scar reveals a physical injury? You can give another hope who is waiting on healing.
God can use even our scars for good.
Friend, I’m praying for you today. I’m praying you can see your scars in a new light… not as something ugly, but as something beautiful, unique, and special. Your scar is a part of you, and that alone makes it beautiful. That alone makes it “super cool.”
You are loved, my friend. You are loved!
It gives me great joy to link up with Suzie Eller and friends for #livefreeThursday. It’s a “super cool” day to live free!
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