Between my lower lip and my chin is a small scar. I never see it even when I’m “painting the barn”, it has disappeared to my eyes but it is still there. I got it as a result of walking too close to a seesaw swing and getting hit in the mouth and knocking me to the ground. When I was young it was red, then pink, then blended into my olive complexion, it is a part of my face. When it was fresh people would notice and ask me how it got there and I would tell them until finally, no one asks me anymore. There is a fairly long scar on my scalp from being thrown through a windshield at the tender age of 9 months, but my hair covers it now no one sees it, however, it is still there. Three years ago when I had a wild thought I went into the laundry room and shaved my head and there it was shining through the stubble! Yes it was not a good thing to do and I promised my family I would never get that wild again. My daughter had a procedure on her back to remove the place where staph infection in a wound left a large scar. That scar is gone, replaced by one that mended the damage.
Scars, we all have them, the evidence might only be seen in how we act and react to situations, but these invisible scars are generally worse than the ones you can put make-up over. A quote from “What’s Inside an Emotional Scar” by Joshua David “Emotional scars do numbers on your self-image and I don’t mean that in a good way! Every hurtful word said by someone you respect or look up to, every humiliating episode, every mistake that you wish you could just forget stays in your mind. If it goes unchecked, it could cause you to act differently in order to keep you from humiliation or making the same mistake. However, if those past experiences are constantly dwelt upon, constantly relived in vivid detail to the point where you can actually start feeling the same emotions as before…”
How many of you have found that to be true in your own life? Me? I plead the 5th! We can talk to friends or therapist but until you can heal from the inside out, like a deep cut, you will never be healed.
Psalm 147:3 (God, not only does) He heals the brokenhearted (He goes the extra mile) and bandages their wounds.
I watched as a doctor cut a cancer out of my dad’s hand. He took that scalpel and cut out not only the cancer, but also a rim of healthy flesh all the way around it to make sure he got it all. God uses the laser light of His love for us, and removes the cancer of sin, hurt, damage from our soul, along with peripheral things that could make the cancer return, be it friends, lovers, habits, you name it. You don’t think you have a cancer in your soul?
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind.
Sometimes like the scar on my chin, our own sores and scars become invisible to us because we are used to them, they are a part of who we are. That doesn’t mean they are good and they don’t go away because you ignore them! Here is the good news found in Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
God doesn’t just put make-up over it He removes it completely!