From the oceans to galaxies, everything the Lord has created, there exists a balance. In harmony with times of joy, the path of life is not always a walk over the rainbow. It’s full of moments of grit & grind hoping to achieve our dreams. In the process, there are many tests, including wounds leaving scars on the physical & spiritual body.
Collecting years of attempts to maintain basic survival, it’s easier to pick out flaws (aka crows feet) rather than seeing my imperfections to be symbols of how God has gotten me through the hardest times in my life. There were many nights where I would embrace myself trying to find something or rather someone to be an anchor in the chaos. If only I took the time then to seek, as in turning to the one who was always there, waiting for me to lift my head. Yep, during my episodes of loss & hurt God was there.
Jesus is an excellent example of someone who looks back at the trials & persecution he endured only to come out seeing the grace of God in it. Imagine after dying on the cross Jesus gasps at the nail marks on his hands & feet to say “Jeez, why would anyone do what I just did?”. Thankfully, he didn’t. In the book of Luke 24: 30-49, it shares how the son of the king rose from the dead & paid a visit to his disciples showing them his scars, gifts from our divine father as parts of the process for our salvation.
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Instead of negatively labeling our battle scars from the past, I want to extend a challenge to give them a new name. Cross out the old, change perspective & see the gracious beauty of how the Lord used all those crazy situations to say today “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).
Grab a cup of coffee, list all the physical traits that you wish to change, next to each one write its memory & then give it NEW life with a positive outlook.
My Symbols Of Grace
- Eyes- In memory of surviving Graves Disease. I declare a new life to see how God may use them as encouragement to others suffering from thyroid disease.
- Calus Hands/Feet– In memory of hard labor/ financial struggle. I declare a new life of freedom from material things of the world for my Lord provides all that I need.
- Wrinkles– In memory of sleepless nights due to worry. I declare a new life full of laugh lines & peace.
- Stretchmarks/Cellulite– In memory of continually fighting for perfection. I declare a new life to appreciate my body & how God created me.
- Broken Heart– In memory of all past mistakes. I declare a new life that my heart may only be broken for what also breaks the heart of God.
Share The Peace & God Bless,
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