“Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.” Unknown
This is a quote my mom sent me recently and it really resonates with me. She knows after my accident I really struggled to come to terms with my scars. I had a scar on my face that looked like a teardrop tattoo but that faded away. I also have a small scar on my right foot, but the scars on my left arm are the most prominent to remain. I have a couple of keloid scars on my left arm that always make me self-conscious, especially when I wear something sleeveless.
I remember when my nephew was probably 2 or 3-years-old and he was staring at my arm and asked: “What’s that?” I said, “A scar.” And he said, “What’s a scar?” It was a hilarious exchange looking back but most times, that’s not the case. Most people just steal glances at my arm but never ask. I feel like with my scars I’ve been missing out on an opportunity to witness. What easier way is there to talk about God than to recount how He saved me from a serious accident?
Something that I saw on Twitter that I liked:
“Don’t allow the scars from the battle cause you to miss out on the celebration of your victory!”
I always have to remind myself that it could be so much worse. Some people who have as serious accidents like me, don’t walk the same, talk the same, or even look the same. Unless I tell people, they wouldn’t know I suffered a traumatic brain injury. They might think I’m a little kooky, but most wouldn’t suspect my brain swelled as bad as it did when I was 17.
But today, I’m taking pride in my scars because it’s a daily reminder of God’s glory and what He brought me through. I always say May 19, 2008, wasn’t my day to die, and ever since that day, I’ve been living my life to the fullest. I hope you are too. God bless!
*** I can't speak too much on emotional scars, but I know God can heal those too. Recently, I heard a sermon about getting past our pasts. It was really great, the biggest point I will take away is no person can deter me from my destiny. How cool?! No man can mess up what God has for you even if you've had a crazy past! Take that and run with it folks! ;)
Hi! I'm Marilyn!