We all have scars. Some are physical, some may be emotional. I bear a new scar on my right chest where my port is placed for chemo treatments. When I look at this scar I view it as a representation of my ability to overcome the cancer that tried to hurt me. I will never be ashamed of it because it represents an important piece of my journey and allows me to give God the glory through this journey to anyone who asks how I received it.
In the book of John we read about someone else’s scars and how they were used for God’s glory.
John 20:24-29 reads:
“Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
And after eight days His disciples were again inside and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at my hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Jesus used His physical body to help Thomas’s doubt. Although I cannot reach out and touch the spot on Jesus’s body where the nails penetrated his flesh, or place my hand on his side where they used a spear to pierce him, my doubt is still healed when I read this because of the last part of the text that reads:
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
I cannot see Jesus’s physical body. I did not witness him being nailed to the cross. I was not there to hear his moans and his cries to the Father. I can however read His living words and be pricked to the heart. I am pricked to the heart because this scripture shows me that He really did enter the depths of human pain. It reminds me of the verse “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Jesus could have risen with a perfect body, but his body held the holes where the nails and spear pierced his flesh. I love that this was included because when I doubt that He is unable to relate to me, I can read this passage and know that He truly can.
When I look at my scar, I see where God is giving me a chance to beat cancer. I can touch it and see how fragile my body is and remember the words in James 4:14 “..You are just a vapor that appears for a while and then vanishes away.”
It is also a reminder that life is so short.
And for that scar, for the ability to have a constant reminder of how short life is and to be reminded that God heals, I am so thankful.
What do you see when you look your scars? Maybe they are not physical, maybe they are emotional. Either way, in what ways can you use your scars for His glory? I look forward to hearing from you ❤