"I came to the Mission on my own, and I'm so glad I did…I've been able to get away from the temptations that have really hurt me. I have a better perspective on my life and what God wants for me."
Jesus has the power to heal all the wounds that are inflicted upon us, both physical and emotional. There is nothing He cannot heal; He took the sting of death away, just as He said He would. There is one thing He intentionally does not heal, though He could: scars.
Scars paint a clear picture of our past. Some people have physical scars from accidents, surgeries, or abuse, but other scars we cannot see like those left on the heart from hurtful words, lost loved ones, or abandonment. Scars are not viewed as a glamorous addition to our bodies; many people try to cover them up as best they can and are embarrassed if they show. Even though society says scars aren’t desirable, Jesus has a differing opinion.
After His crucifixion, Jesus showed His wounds to His disciples. “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side,” Jesus says in John 20:27. Jesus healed an innumerable amount of people, surely He could have easily healed himself as He rose from the dead on the third day. But He didn’t; and that speaks volumes. He didn’t cover up His scars. He showed them and the disciples understood that His scars meant salvation and love.
Most, if not all, of the men, women and children that come to Haven of Rest have suffered some kind of injury: physical, emotional, psychological, or any combination of all three. When these individuals are trying to heal their wounds, it is vital for them to understand that scars are a part of the healing process. Scars are a reminder of God’s promise to see us through even the most desperate situations; they are a reminder of new life.
Just as Jesus shows His wounds to His disciples and is not ashamed, we should not be ashamed of our scars. They are a reminder of how God has carried us out of even the most desperate situations and we have survived.