06 Jul Everything Beautiful
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for
the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Growing up in a house with one bathroom meant I daily sat cross legged on the floor of my pink bedroom curling my hair. One particular morning in the midst of my cloud of hairspray, I dropped the curling iron on my bare leg. To this day, I still have a nasty scar on my leg forever reminding me of high school, bad hair days, and clouds of hairspray. A scar always has a story.
Fast forward twelve years, and I am laying on the ultrasound table at my OBGYN office 3 months pregnant. With absolutely no signs of a miscarriage, you can imagine my shock when I was told that my sweet baby had not made it. Nothing can prepare you for these moments.
My miscarriage left a scar. A scar on my heart. A scar with a story.
It was in the depths of my pain, my loss, and my heartache, that I truly felt the Lord’s embrace so deeply. His nearness in the empty places of my heart, His strength as my body healed, and His comfort as I grieved. It was as though He was right there walking through the depths with me hand in hand.
Several days following my miscarriage on a sunny afternoon, I whispered this quiet prayer, “Lord, don’t waste this pain. Use this pain. Redeem this pain. Use my scar to help someone else.” And so the Lord began a mighty work using my scar. Several weeks later, I had a text come from a sweet friend who had also lost her sweet baby, and I could truly say, “I know your pain.”
I pray that as Lord does a work in your heart and as He shifts you and you learn His rhythms that you remember this truth….
Our scars tell a story. One where we have known defeat, know suffering, know struggle, known loss, and have found our way out of depths. They remind us of the beautiful redemptive love of our Savior. May your beautiful scars remind those around you that Jesus truly makes everything beautiful and uses all things for good. He’s just asking you to embrace Him.