Wounds and Scars
"I surrender my all– no matter the cost"

Scars not in Vain

God does have compassion for our stories and our pain – so much that He was willing to sacrifice His own son – for “you have been healed by His wounds!” (1 Pet. 2:24) God desires that we have compassion for our own stories, and then take that compassion to love others well. “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Cor. 1:4) C.S. Lewis once wrote that every wound or disability “conceals a vocation.” God wants our stories to be redeemed – What was intended for evil will be used for good! God can use our wounds and scars to love others well and to show compassion to the broken-hearted.

Our wounds will be healed as we are used by God to heal and show compassion to others. As stated by Henri Nouwen, “God is not only working to heal you, but to heal others through you.” Our stories and our wounds shall be redeemed if we are willing to surrender to God. And our scars will not be in vain: “What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are…. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children.” (Rom. 8:18-23) Because there will come a day when “there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.” (Rev. 21:4)

But until that day, in spite of our wounds and our scars, we do not want to miss out on the glorious story and receive the new name and purpose for which God has created us! And in the midst of our suffering, we pray that we will still bow down, worship God, and cry out, “Abba Father, Thy will be done!”

“As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost, June 25

“Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.” (Eccl. 7:3)

“Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.” (James 1:2)

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Pet. 5:10)

“The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering, but a supernatural use for it.” Simone Weil

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