Sharing Our Scars — a beautiful reminder that God uses the broken

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”
Vance Havner

 

Looking back over my life I couldn’t remember a time when I was unbroken — even childhood memories held hidden scars. There were those who intentionally inflicted scars through their words and deeds and those who did so unknowingly out of their own brokenness.

But scars — hidden or visible — serve a purpose.

Let’s look at this definition from Wikipedia:
“A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process.” 

When we look at the scars in our lives as wounds that have been repaired and healed, then maybe we’re finally able to see them as they were meant to be seen — God’s grace towards us and towards others.

A couple of months ago I had surgery to remove one of my organs. I had been very sick and in much pain when it was discovered that my gallbladder was only operating at twelve percent. The procedure left four small scars. They are visible reminders of my broken body and of my healing.

Sometimes you don’t realize how truly sick you are until you are truly healed. I’m so amazed at how much better I feel and frequently show my scars to others to tell them of my healing.

Isn’t that the way we should live our lives — telling others of our brokenness, sharing our scars and proclaiming our healing through Jesus?
Friends don’t let the scars in your life remind you of the ugliness that caused them, but instead let them be a beautiful reminder of the grace that was poured out for you through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

His body was broken, His hands scarred from the nails, His side pierced, His blood poured out for us.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Tell your story. Share your scars. Proclaim His healing in your life.

7 thoughts on “Sharing Our Scars — a beautiful reminder that God uses the broken”

  1. This is so beautiful! We are all a story of brokenness and God loves every part of that because He made us in His beautiful image. I have a quote on my blog to day that says “Everyone has scars that help tell the stories of their lives”. There is such truth in that. Your words speak truth today! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Dixie!! I always try to be transparent about my past so that others who are struggling with some of the same issues will know that they haven’t done too much to come to Jesus.

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