Scars Have Purpose

Take a look at your body. If you’re anything like me, you will notice something; scars. Some scars were caused by my mistakes. Others were caused by my neglect to protect myself. Some were caused by people who were close to me, and others were caused by people who I barely knew. Then, there are those scars that were due to circumstances that were beyond my ability to control.

Some scars have stories that you can vividly remember. Other scars are so insignificant, that you don’t even recall how you got them. Some scars heal rapidly. Others take a considerable amount of time to heal.

While I am speaking of scars on your physical body, many of us are dealing with emotional scars that are much more painful, and tend to take more time to heal. These scars rest on our hearts and hinder our ability to love people the way we should. Our ability to trust others is also affected.

Through all of your pain, there's one thing you must remember: God will completely heal and remove those scars that don’t benefit us in some way. Paul prayed to God three times, asking God to remove the "thorn" from his flesh, but God did not remove it. Instead, in His sovereignty, God simply said, "My grace is sufficient for you."

If you can remember the story behind the scar, trust me, it serves a purpose for your life. And, if you pray and ask God to remove something from your life, but He allows it to remain, you must trust that whatever it is that you're dealing with is a part of your growth in Christ.

About the Author: Michael Ford II is a husband, father, minister, and author of a debut book entitled, "So, You Have a Dream...Now What?" that was endorsed by best-selling author of "48 Days to the Work You Love" and motivational speaker, Dan Miller. His dream is to see men and women of walks of life make the conscious decision to pursue their dreams while pleasing God in the process. Visit Michael's blog at