Badges In The Service Of God

Scars-Heal

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (ESV) 

Dear One,                                                                   I nearly died from a brain tumor that was undiagnosed for over ten years.  The tumor was located on my frontal lobe.  My surgeon had to saw the top of my skull from ear to ear and then my forehead in order to remove the tumor. The rest of the procedure I will leave to your imagination. 

If you looked at me today, you would be hard pressed to believe that I had endured such radical and intrusive surgery. My scars are well hidden by hair but the physical scars still remain. They have not gone away.   I wear them with pride as   I see them as my badges of honor and faith.  They are proof that I serve a God who heals.

The ordeal I suffered also created emotional scars. These wounds are hidden in my heart and have been slower to heal, but the Great Physician is mending them.  He faithfully applies balm to my wounds, and so they too are mending under His loving supervision.

We are called to comfort others with the comfort we have been shown by God our Father.  This may mean sharing your sorrows and hidden scars with another person who is in pain.  We relate to and find comfort in others who have experienced similar sufferings as ours.  If we hide our experiences and neglect to share them, we will never know the blessed opportunities God placed before us to serve.

Does a low self-esteem or pride keep you from opening up to others?  Are you shy and unsure of yourself?  All things are possible with God, and when we are weak or afraid God will be our strength.  Remember how God provided Aaron for Moses, who was insecure about his speech and stuttering?  If you are called to do something or say something, step out in faith. You won’t be sorry and you will certainly be blessed in the end. 

Trust that God will enable the Holy Spirit inside of you to speak on your behalf.  It is by His might and power that you will be able to encourage and help others.  What an honor it is to be the pencil in the hand of God.  He is The Author Of Life. 

Our attitude regarding personal trials and the scars we wear, are also wonderful opportunities to witness.  Sharing our struggles with our flesh will allow nonbelievers to identify with us, understanding that we never claimed to be without sin.  All of us can fall prey to the snares of the enemy, even believers.

However, after confiding that the flesh got the better part of you, praise God for restoring your hope. You did not remain depressed, angry, or hopeless because you recalled the Bible promises.   Jeremiah tells us that God has plans to prosper and not bring harm.  There is a hope and a future for the child of God.  Romans 8:28 reminds us that He “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him.”

Many will not understand your ability to praise a God who seemingly brought tragedy and illness into your life. Understanding how all events work together for good will take them time to grasp. Just be thankful for the honor God gave when He appointed you to sow seeds of faith that were birthed from your adversity. Your scars allowed spiritual open doors and enabled you to preach the Good News. 

Ultimately, it is by His wounds that we are all healed.  Our scars are merely medals of honor.  Wear them proudly as a witness to others of His grace and love.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”  1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)   

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Comments

  1. Brilliant post Cheryl! You wrote: ‘ Does a low self-esteem or pride keep you from opening up to others? Are you shy and unsure of yourself?’ I suppose I have low-self worth for a number of reasons, although I can talk the hind legs off a donkey on some subjects, when it comes to the Gospel I jut can’t seem to. Perhaps that is partly pride, I don’t know. And although not really shy, I am often unsure of myself and before today have been at times deeply troubled. Like most people, I am struggling with issues in my life at the moment.

    • Cheryl Zelenka says:

      Hi Tim,
      As a child I was shy and unsure of myself. I had very little confidence. Since my near death experience, I have become more outgoing and confident. I am quicker to share God’s love with others. People don’t believe that I really am reserved in nature, but I think I am transforming into the woman of God He intended me to become…. I am happier, and my confidence is in God. I know that He does not create junk.