Our Invisible Scars…. Are Our Victory Banners
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” II Corinthians 1:3&4
When we usually refer to scars, our minds tend to envision some type of mark on the surface of our skin which has resulted from an injury. Scars can also occur as the result of: surgical procedures, burns, acne and from some diseases (like chickenpox). Whatever initiated the problem, the fact still remains that there was an abnormal break in or trauma to the skin; which then healed improperly, and now a “scar” has been produced.
We all bear scars. However, some of the scars that we have “earned” can’t be seen. There are those which have resulted from injuries which have occurred to and affected our hearts and our minds. Invisible scars. When we have scars on our skin, we can see them and then we can understand, our reactions to certain stimuli or in certain situations. However, when we have invisible scars; in many instances, we aren’t even aware of the fact that they exist!
Scars are constant reminders of yesterday. Yet, if I can’t “see” the scars, (and I don’t know how to spiritually discern and analyze them) I may not understand my reactions in certain situations.
No one can bear a scar from an incident that has not yet transpired. Therefore, my scars are those connectors to my past, which reveal areas where the skin was once sensitive and pain once occurred. Some scars are permanent. Yet, when the skin under the scar has healed – there is no more pain in that area. Although the scar may remain – the pain is gone.
So it must be with our invisible scars. Many incidents may have left permanent scars on our minds and in our hearts. However, we must allow the Holy Spirit to bring healing to our total being – body, mind and spirit. We can no longer allow our past hurts, failures, disappoints, etc. to remain “open sores” in our lives. We may not have any control over the healing process that occurs in and on our skin. However, we do have the ability to advance or delay the healing process of our inner being.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any areas where your invisible scars haven’t completely healed and remain to be like an “oozing wound”.
Invisible scars, once healed can and should be used as victory banners to wave to others – proclaiming the faithfulness of the Lord. They will also be reminders to us of God’s power to bring healing to those areas which at one time only yielded total despair and devastation. Scars may remain – but just as our physical scars are no longer sensitive nor emit pain; our inner man must receive a total healing. Scars will form… but the pain MUST subside….and vanish!
“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.” II Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Message Bible)