The Beauty of Scars Randall Bach April 29, 2014 Archive 1245 Font Size » Large | Small Scars are reminders of painful experiences. Some of those experiences occur because of youthful lack of wisdom, such as when I was in grade school. My buddies and I propped up a rusty barrel to use as a launching point for swinging on a rope suspended from a tree branch. The barrel tipped over as I pushed off and on my return swing I flew into it headfirst. The result was an angry scar that was prominently visible on my forehead for a long time. It would be hard for anyone else to recognize the scar after all of these years. Yet I know how to find it, and if I rub my finger over the scar, it will still pop up redder than the surrounding skin. The scar remains a vivid reminder of a painful experience I do not wish to repeat. I did learn my lesson and retired from jumping off rusty barrels! Some scars remind us of accidents that could not be avoided. Some evoke memories of having been victimized by someone else. There are scars that serve as tributes to stupidity, our own or someone else’s. Other scars keep fresh the realization that, without a surgery, life might have been over, or at the least more complicated. A few people bear scars from personally sacrificing themselves to save someone else. People bear many types of scars from many types of experiences. The beauty of scars is that they serve as testimonies to healing. Even when a scar remains visible, it proclaims that healing has occurred. I am moved by testimonies like Jeanne Rodger’s in this issue of the Message, accounts about people whose scars are now testimonies to God’s restorative, healing power. Do you have scars for which you can praise the Lord because they testify of His healing touch? If so, I rejoice with you! Perhaps you are not yet at the point of being able to thank Him because the wound or hurt is still mending. Please be encouraged today to know the Lord is wonderfully patient and kind. He has not forgotten you. When Jesus prayed for a blind man (Mark 8:25), the immediate result was only a partial healing. So Jesus laid hands on the man and prayed again, “and his eyes were opened.” I thank the Lord for the beauty of scars as testimonies to His healing. And, I thank Him for those healings that are yet underway.