SCARS

Calvin S. MetcalfThe scars of the past reveal two things about us.  For one thing, they remind us we have been injured.  Secondly, they indicate healing has happened.  The important thing to note here is that we are free to focus our attention on either of these two facts.  If we choose, we can allow our scars to keep our injuries ever before us.  We can permit them to nag us with repeated anxiety.  We can rapidly recall all those folk who have caused us pain.  We can continually curse the circumstances that have hurt us.  If we get angry enough, we can even shake our fist at God for allowing us to have troubled times.  
     Bathing ourselves in self-pity, we may find a few people who will join us in our tub of tears.  Some, whose scars are fresh and wounds open, may find our whining attractive and surround us with an insidious pity party.  Yes, scars can be a terrible reminder of the bad things which have happened to us.  Yet, if we surround ourselves with folk who keep us focused on the hurt, we will never learn the lesson of our scars.
     On the other hand, however, our scars can help us focus on healing rather than hurt.  If we choose, we may gratefully remember the processes of healing as our wounds were repaired.
From physical injury to spiritual pain we saw forgiveness and grace at work.  The scars of both instill memories of hope as we trust God’s healing power.
     We may finger lovingly the pages of scripture that brought health to our souls.  In love, we may rejoice over the growth that came through our painful chastisements.  In faith, we may place the scars of our past into the nail-scarred hands of Jesus, as we celebrate the future.  Yes, scars are signs that healing has happened.  How do you see your scars?

2 thoughts on “SCARS”

  1. I see them as evidence of strength and stamina. But they can also be a reminder that we’re flawed and sometimes weak, and that we’re all capable of making decisions that leave us — or someone else — in pain.

    1. Another excellent point, Charles: the scars we create are not always in ourselves. Your other points are good too, but that one stood out to me. Thanks!

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