“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
I looked at the healing scar. Once hideous, it was now a very long and perfectly straight diagonal line, quite different from its initial appearance. Although the doctor seemed to feel a bit sorry that the scar ended up so long, it did not bother me then because it was a reminder of God’s grace to me during that time. It continues to be so today.
That reminder pushes me to serve God continuously. I want to give my all to someone who not only gave his all for me on the cross but also continues to keep on giving. We have a God that continues to care for us in spite of our sin. Such love should draw us to him!
Perhaps you have important scars too. Scars that marked a time in your life when your health was failing or when a sudden accident occurred. Perhaps your scars are not physical like mine are, but emotional. You have memories of difficult moments in the past that have shaped your life.
These scars are meant to draw us closer to the Lord, not further from Him. They shape us into better servants for his kingdom. When God’s grace is extended to us in the form of healing, we are able to reflect on who we are and what we can become as his sons and daughters. We have a God that continues to care for us in spite of our scarred past. Doesn’t that make the scars beautiful?
Dear Lord, please give me the strength to know how to serve you each day and follow through with it by making the most of the time you have graciously given to me. Let the trials in my life remind me of your goodness. Amen.
By Ashlea Massie
Used by Permission
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