23 July 13
One thing about scars is that even after the wound has healed and been covered by fresh skin, they are subject to getting reopened because the skin there is weaker than regular skin.
This is one reason that people will hide their scars from the world, to avoid a fresh injury on an old wound. That is understandable and justified. Another reason that some hide their scars is that they are embarrassed by them.
Let me be clear what I am referring to here. I am not talking about scars for decorative purposes such as branding and cutting designs into your own flesh, nor am I talking about self-injury because of emotional pain. I’m not going to debate those types of scars here.
More than anything, I am referring to invisible scars that this world hands out like crazed Hare Krishna pamphlets at airports. You can hide your wounds from the world at large, but that won’t necessarily keep them safe. Despite everything we do, if we engage with other people, as we are called to do, we are going to get hurt. That’s okay. Accept that loving people means that there will be plenty of pain to go around. It is worth it because there will be even more joy to go around. Pray for the ones that hurt you, grant them forgiveness, and move on to help those that you can.
But one thing I cannot stress enough is to never be embarrassed by your scars. Scars are proof that God heals. He heals those wounds with His grace and mercy and love. Wear your scars proudly as proof that you have overcome travails by His strength. Brandish them at the enemy as proof that no matter how many poison darts he throws at you, the war is won, Jesus has delivered victory and use them as proof to the other soldiers fighting the same spiritual war that He can bring them through too.
“When you are joyful, be joyful; when you are sad, be sad. If God has given you a sweet cup, don’t make it bitter; and if He has given you a bitter cup, don’t try and make it sweet; take things as they come.”