Most of us try very hard to cover up our struggles, our wounds and scars. We believe they will somehow detract from our Christian witness.
And yet, Jesus, Who could have resurrected without His Wounds and Scars, chose to give a vivid Life Lesson.
Jesus called Thomas’ attention to His Wounds, even encouraging him to touch them. Why? Was Jesus seeking pity? No!
He wanted Thomas (and us) to understand that the reality was He had suffered. Jesus had already told His Followers,
“In this world, you will have trouble.”
But the Greater Reality came through His next Words.
“But take heart! I have overcome the world!”
Whatever has happened, is happening, or will happen in your life, He can still bring New Life through you. Your scars are not there for you to pick the scabs off and be hurt all over again. Your scars are there to remind you that Jesus has covered and healed your wounds.
When I saw that our rose bushes had come under significant attack I was not sure they would return with their beautiful blooms this year. And yet … they are now thriving and blooming even while showing the evidence of the battle.
I find most inspiring those people, who are honest and up front about their struggles, but also proclaim faithfully through their lives the Truth of …
“The One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world!”
1 John 4:4
They shine with true beauty even while under attack. When you think of the wounds of your life, don’t go back and live through the pain all over again. You will remember that the battle happened, but praise God that He won it for you. Your scars are Loving Reminders that He has you covered!