Ladies, this EmpowerMoment was originally posted on March 29, 2012. Please enjoy this blast from the past.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
Scar tissue is extra tough tissue that grows in place of wounded tissue as a result of an injury, after it has healed. The purpose of scar tissue is to reinforce the injury site in hopes of preventing a wound to that tissue area again. Your body develops scar tissue as a natural reaction to a wound. I was facilitating a Physiology and Anatomy course and chatted with the students about the importance of scar tissue. I realized how God gives us physical reminders, such as scar tissue, to remind us that not only did we survive the injury, but He has set reinforcement in place to prevent re-injury. In our carnal minds, the problem with scar tissue is that it’s ugly or it may even cause a discomfort, but it always seems to remind us of the initial injury.
Sometimes scar tissue is a bad credit rating from an irresponsible financial decision, an STD from a promiscuous sexual encounter, a felony on your criminal record from a bad decision, a house note that you rushed into and can’t get out of, or a bad relationship that broke your heart and left you to pick up the pieces. As a result, you now wear the scar of hurt, bitterness, and anger. These life experiences are often things that take us back to the initial offense. They are injuries to our ego, our physical body, or our outlook. But I’m here to inform you that God has reinforced us with a helper so that we do not make these same mistakes again. His Word comforts and reminds us, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:13-17 KJV)
So although we have these scars that serve as reminders of rough injuries in our past, they are there because you are healed! Scar tissue only forms after the wound has healed. So don’t look at it as an everlasting blemish that will hinder, but as proof that you are healed! Your faith was toughened, your heart was strengthened, and wisdom lies there waiting for you to embrace her from this situation.
What makes God so awesome to me is that unlike the blemishes we see from the scars that are constant reminders of mistakes or failures, God does not hold them over our head, nor does He allow them block our future blessings. God reminds us of this in Isaiah when He says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 KJV) Furthermore, even with all of the scars I have, because of Jesus, God will see me as faultless!
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1: 24-25 KJV)
Please forgive me for the sins I have committed, those that I know of and those that I am unaware of. In the midst of this, I thank You for the scars! Thank You for teaching me the error of my ways, and although I have scars to prove it, they are reminders that You are faithful and spared me. Lord, teach me how to repent, how to grow from my mistakes, and how to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide me when I’m faced with these situations again. Thank You for being my spot corrector, my healer, my counselor, my reinforcer, and my Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Sistah Girl, I EMPOWER you to use your scars as a mechanism to spring you forward. Realize there is a lesson in your scar, but don’t stop there. Move forward to be a testimony to someone else.
Ladies, how will you use scar tissue to encourage you in times of distress?
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She and her husband serve as Co-Service leaders and Co-Group leaders of SustainedLove, which supports marriage get-a-ways from Family Life. Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They attend Vaughn Forest Church.