When I was a little boy I snuck into my dad’s closet, where he kept his golf clubs, and took out the first club I could find and a few plastic practice balls. I went out in the front yard of our house and began hitting those balls down the street of our quiet neighborhood. (No cars or property were injured in the performance of this ignorant act.) After a few minutes of hitting the golf balls a neighborhood friend came out and he wanted to take a swing. He lined up for his first shot and swung with all his might. Unfortunately, I was standing closer to him than I thought and I took a hard hit to the head. That golf club busted my head wide open and I believe gave my mother the scare of her life. I was rushed to the hospital with a busted skull, a definite concussion, and a hole in my head that needed multiple stitches. When those stitches came out I had a nice scar on my forehead and a story I could tell for years to come.
Most people have a scar or two and a story to tell that goes along with it. In fact, if you get a group of guys together it will not be long before somebody in the group begins to tell a story of how they got their scars. A scar is the mark left behind after a wound or an injury. But not all scars happen to our physical bodies and not all scars are followed by stories that are easy to be told.
Scars happen in our lives and they affect more than our bodies. Our hearts, minds and souls are challenged every day. The wear and tear of daily living, emotional stress, tragic events, loss of loved ones, betrayal, sin and so many more things leave us with scars. Even if we are not willing to talk about them our scars still tell a story. They tell of troubles and obstacles we have faced, pain we have felt, and sins we have committed. But the story does not have to end with pain and/or defeat. We should not be controlled by our scars. The stories our scars tell can also be stories of endurance, faith, healing and growth. Some of the pain may never leave and some of the memories will be with us always, but the scars tell us something great about the here and now. We are still alive. When Jesus appeared to Thomas and the disciples in John 20:24-29, Jesus had Thomas touch the wounds in His nailed pierced hands and His spear pierced side. The wounds stood to prove that Jesus was who He said He was and that He was alive. In Christ, we too can have new life and continue to heal, but we have to trust in Him.