You ride in your car that’s been freshly cleaned, smelling and looking good with your fresh cut or hairdo, with that nice suit or cute dress, shoes on point with the biggest smile because you want folks to think that you’re alright, that you have everything together, that you have no worries when that is the farthest from the truth. When you get home, behind closed doors you’re drinking tears for water when you should have joy, you’re pacing the floor when you should be praying, you’re tossing and turning when you should be sleep and you’re worrying when God should be handling it. Baby God never told you to hide who you are from the world because if every time someone who hasn’t found God sees you and you’re always “blessed and highly favored” how would they know that God is good or how would a sinner know God will forgive their sins if you walk around like you’ve never committed any? Haven’t you been reading any of these devotionals when I’ve said sometimes the closest a nonbeliever gets to God is you? Why are you ashamed to let folks know you sometimes have trouble when 1 Peter 4:16 says, “But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name?” You do know that you’re not alone, right? Yea, you may cover your scars but they’re still there and hiding it doesn’t make it go away but showing it lets folk know that God will do just what he said he’ll do. See, scars are just trophies the devil gives to let you know he didn’t win but you did. So, don’t be ashamed to let folks see the tear stains on your face because it lets them know you’re alive. Don’t be ashamed to let folks see the marks on your knees because that lets them know your prayer life is active. Don’t be ashamed to let folks see the scars on your back because it lets them know that even after you’ve been betrayed and turned on, God can turn it around to work in your favor. Don’t be afraid to let folks see your bald head after chemo took your hair; it lets them know that God can heal even when the doctors can’t. Don’t be ashamed to tell folks you’ve been to jail or in trouble with the law before because it lets them know that God had to lock you down before you got yourself together. Don’t be ashamed to let folks know you’ve been down in the valley and it didn’t seem like you could get out but you did because it lets them know that God had to knock you down before you realized that life is shorter than you think.
Yea, you thought you had a great marriage until your spouse turned out to be a stranger in your home but that’s just a way for God to show you the wrong in order for you to appreciate the right so don’t be ashamed because it can help someone else by hearing your story. I know, you thought that new job was going to be all you’ve ever wanted until they laid you off after 2 months but that’s just God way of showing that you need to trust in his No’s because he knows what’s best so don’t be scared to share it because it could help somebody else along the way. Yea, you thought that car you bought with your income taxes was the best deal you’ve ever found until you had to leave it on the side of the expressway after the motor went out but that’s just God showing you that not everything that looks good to you is good for you so don’t be ashamed to tell folk so they won’t make the same mistake at the same place you did. See, this is why God gives us tests in order for us to come through with a testimony but a testimony is no good if you don’t share it. Mark 8:38 says, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” God won’t allow you to go through the war or into the wilderness to be killed but he allows you to come out stronger so that you can tell others who are going in its not so bad if they keep their God up. It’s like you’re a walking billboard because how would you know what to try when you go to the store or a fast food restaurant if you didn’t see the advertising in commercials and ads? Well, sharing a testimony is the same way because it allows someone to see just how good God is by viewing your ad (testimony) and then they may want to try Him. It’s not because we have sinned more than the next person the reason why we have storms, trials and some suffering but it is so we can have a story to tell after the clouds have receded and the sun is now shining.
Don’t you know God won’t allow you to go through anything that he hasn’t already prepared you for? That’s why Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” So why are you hiding your scars and keeping your testimony to yourself? God knows what you can handle because he was the one that molded you and he knows how much weight you can carry before he drops it on your shoulder which is why he made you the way you are. God, the potter, knows how strong you are because he was the one to put in you the heat. This is why the storms we face are different from everybody else’s. God knew I couldn’t handle losing my mom but he knew that you were strong enough too just like he knew you couldn’t handle cancer which is why he gave it to someone else. God knows you can’t handle being thrown around by the waves of the ocean which is why he put you on solid ground because he knew you could handle being dragged through the dirt by so called friends. This is why I know it to be true that God will not put more on you that you can absolutely bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” Don’t be afraid to wear your scars because they are just awards to show that although you had to fight, you came out with your head held high because Psalm 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” See, when you have the Lord on your side there is strength and a shield to ward off the enemy. It’s like a bullet-proof vest, when you have it on you may get a few bruises and even be sore after the attack, but it stops the bullet that is meant to kill you. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 states, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
With every battle come wounds that leave scars and after the scars there is complete healing, after the healing there is deliverance and after the deliverance there’s joy! Even when God allows the trouble to come, it may knock you down but it doesn’t come to knock you out so don’t be ashamed of your scars but wear them proud as a sign because they have a story to tell and yours just maybe a bestseller. I won’t allow my book to catch dust but I’ll leave it open on the table for you to read because baby these scars I have, whether visible or not, on my skin made me who I am. The scars on my knees shows that my pray life is busy. The scars on my hands are from me climbing up the rough side of the mountain. The scars on my back are from the folks who said they were for me but stabbed me when I turned around. The stains on my face are from the many nights I had to cry myself to sleep when the world was being extra cruel. The scars under the bottom of my feet are from the many roads I’ve had to travel on my Christian walk. So, whatever you’ve been through, going through or about to go through, don’t let it take you out. Go through it with your God up so that when you come out stronger, it’ll be the next chapter in your book that has no ending.