Before my LIFE group and I went around town to ask women what scars made them beautiful, I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be too forward to ask people to revisit their past pains? Theoretically, I knew it would be an interesting question – our struggles shape us and strengthen us. But I had no idea how moved I would be to meet so many people willing to share about the adversity they faced that made them stronger.
Our scars are beautiful. When I think about my own scars, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness. In the times when I wasn’t sure if i could keep going, His promises to be a shelter and refuge rang true. He traded my ashes for a crown of beauty, and as I look back at the scars, I see that God somehow made them beautiful.
Enjoy this week’s installment!
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.