If you ever endured any type of pain from a fall, climbing, burn, etc., you know the scars that remain are icky. They go through many stages - blood, scab, puss, and oozing. When you hurt yourself, the place that once was free from pain now makes a public announcement to the world that you hurt yourself. I truly hate if this happens to a visible part of my body. I will always have to explain to others the reason why I have that scar.
Every scar has a story.
It speaks to a hurt that has physically left but the remnants of the past are still there. I remember having to receive surgery on my hand to remove a cyst. I drove a far distance just to be with a specialist who was known for not leaving scars after surgery. I wasn't so concerned about the logistics of the procedure. I knew with the right "drugs", pain would go away. Instead, I was overly concerned about the scar on my hand. I didn't want it to show dominantly and mess up the cosmetic look of my hand, so I chose a plastic hand surgeon.
Scars are reminders. They trigger in our thoughts the pain of our past.
Scars can be external but the deepest wounds are often internal where no one can physically see them. Verbal abuse, harmful words, manipulation, deception are all scars that bury themselves as little seeds deep within our soul.
If we don't heal from the hurt of our past, the scar can manifest itself negatively into our physical words, behaviors and actions. Have you ever met someone who just is angry for no reason? Do you have an addiction that has a stronghold over you? These are signs that the person is carrying a deep scar that no one sees.
PATH TO HEALING: The hurt of our past needs to be released. When the memory of the pain bubbles up - it is hurtful. That trigger brings back emotions we thought we left behind. We must feel the pain to eventually be restored to health. Don't be afraid to stand in the truth of your ugly wound - because when you do, you open yourself up for healing. Now that's freedom! (Posted by Roslyn)
God will provide those who grieve...beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning.. ~Isaiah 61:3