What Scars Tell You

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About twenty years ago I flew over the handlebars of my bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up my knee, busted my chin open, and broke my jaw.

About two months ago, I flew over the handlebars of someone else’s bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up my knee and busted my chin open. Thank the Maker I did not break my jaw.

As the doctor was stitching my chin closed, I asked if he could see my old scar.

No, it looks like you split through the same spot.

Thinking About Scars

We all have scars — whether physical or emotional. At some point in life, we’ve been hurt — bad enough that it leaves a mark.

And sometimes we get a re-injury. We get hurt in the same way and the scar busts open. (The doctor said it doesn’t happen that way. But, I think he’s wrong.)

At least where hurt feelings are concerned.

Even though we may be beyond the situation,

  • Sometimes we get injured again.
  • Sometimes that scar tingles.
  • Sometimes we just hurt.

Today, my latest bout with the pavement has healed. And I’ve got the scar to prove it. It’s proof that I’ve been hurt.

But, more importantly, it’s proof that I’ve been healed. Healed.

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It’s a demonstration of God’s goodness.

Sure, I can remember the pain and fear. In fact, the recent injury brought back a flood of emotions rooted in the first injury. But, more importantly, this healing is reminiscent of that first one as well.

God healed me.

God preserved me.

God has moved me on.

As scarred people, we can make a choice — dwell on the marks or focus on the Healer.

The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

— Psalm 147:2-4

Even if you’re in the midst of pain today, think back to another time when God Healed You. Have confidence that He will do it, again.

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  1. I truly thank you for this post….it could not have come at a better time as I am dealing with a husband that just walked out this week leaving me with a 4 year old daughter that is asking a lot of questions and leaving me feeling devastated. This will be my inspiration to make it thru the holidays and know that God can handle this for me. God Bless you and merry Christmas.

  2. Great post! I thought I was the only one who had done the face-plant bike ride and ended up with a broken jaw. Same thing happened to me when I was 7 – busted chin & broken jaw.

  3. I have a 6 1/2 inch incision across my neck that had been healed, then re-opened to remove my second batch of thyroid cancer. I count it for glory, knowing that the Lord has been with me. If His body bore marks, so can mine. Galatians 6:17,”From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

    Like you, I choose to focus on the Healer. Praise His Holy Name!

  4. Wow Jessica,
    So well said. When we focus on our healing and not our hurt it changes everything. Beautiful. Thanks. Glad your chin has healed too!


  5. There’s a line in a song… “scars remind us that the past is real…” I think that’s so true! So much to learn from where we’ve been, especially when we lean on HIM for our learning!

  6. What a lovely post! 🙂 Thank you for the reminder! I have been struggling through something in my life as of late and have been working through it. I have learned that holding onto the hurt and pain do nothing, but make it worse! It is the same with scars – dwelling on why we have them never allows us to heal!!! Again thank you!

  7. Thank you…I cannot tell you how perfect the timing is on this post, just what I needed this morning.

  8. I so needed to hear this today.

    Someone who’s split open again and again in the same spot. Making a point to change my focus.