It was a typical day. Well, as typical a day can get in this life. There I was, innocently mowing the lawn when out of nowhere comes a weed eater and nearly takes off my ankle! Kidding…it didn’t come out of nowhere. My very helpful husband, knowing that it was about to rain, decided to get the weed eating done while I finished up mowing. We were both focused on what we were doing. I was being careful trying not to get too close to him and he was being careful looking behind himself to make sure he didn’t trip over the paving stones. Needless to say he jigged and I jagged and I ended up in a bloody mess that would soon lead to scarring. Good thing is – scars tell a story.
Let me give you a little more background – because, now after time has passed, it’s pretty hilarious. You know when you strike your heel on a door or something sharp and it always hurts so much worse than it actually is? Well, I thought this was like one of those times. “I’ll walk it off. It’s not a big deal”, I told my husband. NOT. THE. CASE. I started walking – it started swelling instantly and before I knew it I couldn’t even flex my foot. I got down on my hands and knees to continue the trek to the house. It was then that I looked back at the ankle in question. It looked like something with extremely long and sharp teeth tried to chew my foot off. No worries…I won’t share the gory pictures.
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WOUNDED BUT HEALING
Let me just say – I am so thankful that this accident didn’t do more damage. The cut was right at my Achilles tendon and it could have been much worse. Moving on – the healing process begins. The swelling starts to slowly decrease, pain eases up a bit, scabs begin to form, scabs eventually start to fall off, the evil kind of itching ensues, and a scar is formed.
If you’ve ever been cut or wounded deeply you know that scars can remain pretty tender for a while. And sometimes they even send a funny feeling in the surrounding area when touched. Needless to say, when shaving during the first few weeks I had to make sure not to press too hard on the scarred part of my ankle. I could shave normally around it, sure, but I would use a very light pressure shaving over it. (does hair even grow on scars??? Who knows…)
Scars tell a story –
While this whole incident was scary and ended up sending me to the doctor for an update on a tetanus shot -It was so much fun to share our story. The day of the accident I was laughing because of the craziness of it all. And really I am still laughing to this day. Who cuts their wife with a weed-eater?! Since scars tell a story – I always remember that I have a great one to share! Also, that same summer my husband almost set me on fire…but that’s for another post.
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PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SCARS TELL A STORY
It’s not just the physical wounds that leave scars. We also have emotional wounds and spiritual wounds that leave lasting scars. Like the “vengeance of a weed eater” and the wrath it took out on my ankle, life has a wrath all its own. Insults, rejections, disappointments, cynicism and many other things get hurled at us day after day. We are left with gaping wounds that are dripping blood and creating a “swelling” up of all ranges of emotions. Sometimes we even try to “walk it off” like I did that day. We put on that happy face and make it seem, from the outside, all is well with our soul. We pretend we aren’t hurt and eventually we fall to our hands and knees in defeat.
Let’s be honest,underneath that mask we put on there is still a gaping wound in need of some heavy antibiotic and a very large bandage. If we don’t take care of it soon it will bleed out all over the rest of our days here on earth and infect many of our relationships without us even realizing it.
WOUNDS HEAL AND THE SCARS TELL A STORY
Scabs fall off. Scars fade. But that spot where we were hurt still remains tender to the touch. We walk the long way around the hurt instead of dealing with it. Unlike physical scars, the tenderness of an emotional or spiritual scar will not cease to exist unless it is dealt with head-on. I’m not saying those scars will ever permanently fade. They usually don’t. Some emotional wounds never heal. But the more work we put into healing those wounds, letting them scab over, get itchy, and then watching the scab fall off – the easier it will be to overcome those “tender” spots as they come up. The scars will still be there but hear me out here.
Continue through with the healing process. Even if the scar is from something that took place decades ago – there is still hope. There is such a bad stigma around being “wounded”. To our culture it shows a sign of weakness. If I could encourage you of one very important thing that could not only change your life but those around you – Don’t be ashamed of what you went through to get that scar or attempt to hide the scar from the world. Your scars tell a story of what you went through, sure. But they tell an even greater story: how you came out the other side. By sharing your scars and the stories they tell you can bring hope to someone else who may be going through the very same thing.
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SCARS TELL A STORY OF HOPE AND ETERNAL LIFE
To tell you the truth – You, my sweet friend, are in good company. Jesus had wounds. Those wounds turned into scars. And he used those scars to show people who he was, where he’s been, and where he is now. To give you a backstory in case you aren’t familiar: He appeared to the disciples a few different times after the resurrection took place. The following verse took place after the disciples were all together and talking about those sightings. Jesus appears and the disciples are frightened.
“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” -Luke 24:38-39
Those scars were proof, you see. They were proof of all that he had endured. He didn’t hide them. He shared them with others in order to bring people hope.
“Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace,who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:9-10
Or, as I would state, “Look see, I went through this too. And here I am, still standing”. Your scars too can bring others hope if you decide to share how you got them. That, friend, is the beauty of scars.
Scars tell a story of being changed –
You see -the disciples didn’t know who Jesus was. He was transformed and transfigured. They couldn’t recognize him. All that Jesus had been through changed what he looked like to them. Even when the disciples were walking around and learning everything they could from Jesus, they didn’t fully understand the true meaning of Christ. Sure – Peter does say he is the son of God:
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. – Matthew 16:16b ESV
But if Peter really knew what him being the Christ really meant then he wouldn’t have said later in the same breath:
Far be it from you, Lord! This should never happen to you. – Matthew 16:22b ESV
Even after they see Jesus’ scars and they truly know it is Him standing before them – they don’t fully grasp what this all means. They don’t see that he really has changed. His new scars tell a story of redemption and eternal life. We have hope in Him. We have hope in those scars.
YOUR SCARS TELL A STORY OF COURAGE, FAITH, AND VICTORY
Let’s hold onto this truth, shall we? What is in your past is done. It hurt then and it may hurt now. But every day we can choose to see the beauty in the scars we are left with: A glorious reminder that we came up out of that dark place and we are now standing in the light once again.
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Psalm 30:11-12
Who will you choose to share your scar story with today? Who will you choose to bless with the encouragement that they are not alone in this and this isn’t the end for them? Let us know your plans in the comments – of head on over to social media!
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