As I was sitting on the bench outside this morning, I noticed an old scar on my right knee, which I have had since I was about eight years old. I vaguely remember how it happened. I was playing outside, fell onto the driveway, and a bit of loose glass tore a gash into my skin. I cried, no, I wailed while my mother cleansed it with iodine and covered it with gauze to keep it clean. After awhile, the scar healed into the shape of an eye, a small white slit, and to this day it remains the same.
Have the issues in life dealt you a hard blow, left you bruised and caused you great pain? Have you healed, and how long did it take to heal? Have you fallen and been left scarred? I am not talking about the physical body but your internal spirit. What has scarred you internally? Here are some emotional issues or adhesions that may leave internal scars. Perhaps you recognize the source of your wound?
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feeling unloved
- Financial burdens
Your adhesion may not even be listed above, but yet your spirit caused you to react to the pain. Scars are the body’s attempt to heal itself quickly so that it can return to normalcy. At times the body cannot heal the adhesion fully, in fact, it may not be able to completely restore the damage. That is why the scar tissue stands out for others to see. We heal poorly and the scar reminds us that we were hurt in action. Did you know that some scars will cause pain long afterwards? The pain is still within the tissue and will cause distress on occasion.
If your internal scars are still causing you spiritual grief, you may be reacting by covering it up through destructive actions. Withdrawal, overeating, anger, drugs, alcohol, improper sexual desires and acts, depression, etc. are all symptoms of your scar’s pain.
I discovered scar tissue is poorly supplied with blood and that is why the new tissue is pale in comparison to the skin around it. Then, I reflected upon the fact that when Christ restores our spirit, it is well supplied by His blood and the wound is wholly restored. When a body is healthy, internal adhesions will sometimes go unnoticed because the body will repair itself well. Similarly, when we are in tune with Christ, our body is healthy and wounds will not leave scars in our spirit.
I do not try to cover my physical scar, it reminds me that time heals all things. It reminds me that adhesions cause deep wounds and pain, but washing it clean and covering it with care begins the healing process. When people ask me about my eye-shaped scar, I tell them that it’s an old battle scar just for fun. And then I tell them the real story, letting them know it reminds me time heals all things, but most importantly how God was with me through the entire healing process. I think my sweet Lord left that unusually shaped scar on my knee to remind me of His constant love and care over me. The following verse reminds me that sometimes scars, like memorials, can be used to share how God works, even through hardship and pain. It builds our faith.
“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones (scars) mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones (scars) are to be a memorial to the people of Israel (you) forever” Joshua 4:6-7 (NIV)
Dear friend, if you have suffered a wound and the scar is still inside, ask God to heal you from the inside out. He will send his sweet Holy Spirit to anoint it with pure oil from above and cause it to heal. Be patient. Have faith. You can heal from this pain. It may take time but it will heal, and the scar will disappear. (John 8:32)