On a walk the other day, I found a leaf with a hole in the middle of it. I held it up to the sun, and the sun shined perfectly through it. It reminded me of the scars we all have. It was a great illustration of how wounds and scars tell our story and how telling our story is part of our story. The message from that leaf didn’t stop there. I carried it with me for the rest of the walk and eventually ended up at a pond. I felt I needed to release it into the peaceful water, and in the moment of release, I was reminded that handing our wounds to Jesus is the first step in healing.
I was reminded that our wounds have to heal to become scars. Once they become scars, we’re able to show our story of God’s faithfulness, goodness, and power! It’s then we’re able to sit beside someone else that’s hurting and offer comfort and hope because we’ve been there too. As I dropped the leaf into the water, it flipped over and looked like a heart. At that moment, I felt comfort surround me like the calm water surrounding the hole-filled leaf. It was a beautiful picture of how God’s peaceful love surrounds us, especially in our trials. We can trust that God will comfort and heal us and give us the courage to show our scars.
If you are hurting today, my prayer is that you cling to the words found in Psalm 34:18. David tells us that, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”