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Today’s Truth

So, the other disciples told [Thomas], “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks [scars] in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side [scar], I will not believe” (John 20:25, NIV) He was pierced for our transgressions…and by His wounds [evidenced by His scars] we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NIV)

Friend to Friend

As a physical therapist, I spend many hours each week working on the post-surgical scars of my patients. You see, scars, when left to themselves, have a tendency to become bound down and restricted. In the process of forming they can even adhere themselves to other nearby structures, such as skeletal muscles and organs. It’s my job to make sure new scars heal in a flexible manner and any existing scars are mobilized and released so they won’t continue to pull on or bind up the fluid motion of neighboring anatomical structures.

Through the course of our lives, we can have close encounters with wounded people who leave us with wounds of our own. (Hurt people, hurt people.) Add to that our tendency to “run into sin” and wound ourselves (and our reputations) and you’ll find that by the time we reach adulthood, we can carry quite an assortment of “marks.” Some of these scars are surface only, but others point to the location of deep wounds which—when left to “close up” on their own—can leave us bound down in many unhealthy ways. These restrictions will prevent us from moving freely in the Spirit and following the Lord in all the ways He longs to stretch us.

When I set out to release a patient’s scar, whether it’s a newly acquired one or an old relic, I first assess its ability to move in all directions. I even lift it up away from the body to see whether it’s adhered at an even deeper level. Once I find the scar’s direction of greatest restriction, I stretch it towards the edge of its limitation, hold it firmly against its barrier, and then wait for time and my external pressure to realign the collagen fibers within the scar tissue. When these fibers become better aligned, unhealthy “holding patterns” let go, and movement is restored so the body can function more optimally.

Many people in the Bible bore scars, Jesus and Paul most notably. However, their wounds didn’t close up in a restricted, forward movement-hindering way. Their scars, in contrast, told a story—yes, of past-woundedness, but more importantly, of God’s power to heal, redeem, restore, and conquer death!

When we intentionally stretch against the barriers of our own woundedness, we allow the therapeutic hand of the Holy Spirit to work on us, to remold and remake the places in our lives which were once scarred down. When His “mobilizing” work is done, you and I are able to move THROUGH our scars and use them as testimonies of what the Lord has brought us through and restored us from. Then, when people see us functioning fluidly in spite of our scarred past, the power of Jesus is revealed in us, and His fame grows as people glorify His name for the work He has done in us.

Jesus’ scarred hands still stretch wide to bid us welcome. May you work your scars in such a way that your life gains the (flex)ability to bid others to Him as well.

Let’s Pray

Master Mobilizer, work on me, Lord. Bring deep healing to my woundedness. Stretch my scars. And while my life will continue to bear the marks of past wounding, may my scars never restrict me from serving You in whichever way YOU chose to use me.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Can you identify an area of your life in which you feel held back or bound down? Can you associate a scarring event as its origin? If so, begin to bring this scar to the Lord. Through prayer and the power of relevant, scar-releasing Scripture, press into your painful restriction until it releases. You may need the counsel of a trusted friend or professional to help you accomplish this. But know this: your efforts will be well worth the pain of stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone. Only then will you be free to truly move forward as the Spirit leads you!

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6 Responses to “Moving T-H-R-O-U-G-H Your Scars”

  1. Carol says:

    My scars come from the pain of a failed marriage and divorce… a very long marriage too. I love the analogy here between the physical scars and the work the PT does to release them. Divorce actually feels like physical scars as well as soul scars. Even when I feel like things have loosened up, memories and events remind me of the hurt and I continue to have to depend upon Jesus to exercise those scars and let others see that Christ in me is my HOPE.
    Easter weekend was a hard one, but with the glory of Jesus resurrection I was able to push through and come out in the other side.

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Oh, Carol, I am sorry to hear of your struggles in the wake of your failed marriage. You are WISE to press into Jesus and allow Him to push you through to a place of healing. In Jesus our lives can be made whole–even in the case of “missing parts”. You and I owe this miracle to the working of the resurrection power we celebrated yesterday!

  2. Alexandria says:

    I love this post, it is so true and it’s imperative to work through wounds if anyone is going to walk through this life and remain fluid and sensitive to Gods leading. So many times I have seen people who hold the scars with such reverence that they remain bound by them, but I feel that one thing that we can do and what God asks us to do, is to love others as we love ourselves and in doing so we not only honor each other as God asks, but we create an environment where we are valuing and esteeming others higher then ourselves-which is how Jesus treated all people. He came to save the wounded and the needy, and those people in the Bible times responded to the love of Jesus and were healed. The difference? People who aren’t “wounded” or as “wounded” as others may not always be on their best behavior and may forgo loving others as they love themselves. Now, I understand that it takes practice and that we are not perfect, but I have worked with many wounded people and I found that loving them well doesn’t create fear or any negative emotions that might cause them to feel reactive or triggered and respond in a hurtful way. It’s just as much of a crime for a person who doesn’t have a wounded background to be unkind or insensitive to a wounded person, as it is for a wounded person to react to another person’s insensitivity or unkindnesses. It is not always true that hurt people just go around and hurt others, but most often there are solid reasons for a heightened response and the anecdote to that is love, patience, and understanding.

    I think that it is best to avoid shaming the wounded as “hurt people who hurt people” and begin instead to call all the believers to exercise true love and integrity-to walk in the fruits of the Spirit so that God can be a healing agent for all. Jesus always focused on loving well, and in that love, it covered a multitude of sins. A wounded person didn’t choose to be wounded, and so we should always pray to love others well, and with all sincerity and to walk as Jesus did-offering grace to those who have been wounded by speaking over them according to how God sees them- Redeemed, loved, cherished and valuable…and so much more. People can grow under the “labels” of God, but they shrink in shame and fear under the monikers that speak to what has been done to them by someone else that caused the wounds in the first place. Let’s start a kindness revolution by esteeming all others higher than ourselves, and to love well so that we recognize that since all have sinned and fallen short of Gods glory, that God made a way to link arms and bring cohesion in Gods family by speaking His truth in love over each other-that is the most powerful anecdote to healing wounds and scars and minimizing there occurance. God bless…

  3. Anna says:

    While studying to become a teacher, I had a professor who stated, “Always remember that the child who is most difficult to love is the one who needs it most.”
    In trying to recover from my own scars and wounded-ness, I have learned to replace the word, “child,” with, “one.”
    HE’S still working on me!
    I’m still learning.

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Anna–I whole-heartedly agree. I was certainly that difficult-to-love child in my elementary and middle school years. Acting out as a result of all the drama going on in my home. Then Jesus…He made me more lovable, haha!

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