I doubt that there is any person living who is not carrying with them at least a few scars from their past, and for many of us, more than a few. Or a scar so deep that the pain never fully goes away, even though we may no longer think about it, and have long since developed ways (not always healthy) of coping with it.
We can define a scar as a pain, or a condition which we are left with after some event. Some are one time events, perhaps the divorce of parents, others are over time such as different kinds of abuse, emotional and physical. And the difficulties of life often leave scars as well, losing one’s job unjustly (or not) and a whole host of other possibilities. And I shouldn’t forget literal physical “scars” such as the kind that can linger because of accidents. I’ve had a few of them, and one recent one has left me with headaches now and then, something largely unknown to me before.
Scars shouldn’t define us, but they inevitably impact us. We need to be aware of them so that we can take whatever measures which are either necessary or helpful for us to carry on well enough in life. Sometimes we will experience limitations because of them, but we still need to live life as fully as we can in the sphere we can occupy.
One of the most important things we can do as followers of Jesus is to look for God’s redemptive work in somehow, as only he can, actually using those scars both for our good and for his glory, as well as the advancement of the gospel.
We must beware of ever using our scar as an excuse to slack off in our lives, and not endeavor to follow the Lord as closely as we should. If anything, hopefully the resulting weakness can help us be all the more dependent on the Lord so that we might know his strength (2 Corinthians 12:1-10).
And so scars will mark us and impact our lives for good or ill, depending on our faith: our perspective and outlook, as well as uplook in prayer and listening for God’s voice through his written word. We go on in the one who knows scars firsthand, looking to him for his faithful, unfailing help (Hebrews 2:5-18).