God’s Love Scar

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When our daughter was three pounds, she contracted a life-threatening intestinal infection. After the first surgery, she became sicker, and the surgeon told us her only chance to survive was attempting a second surgery.

Miraculously, she turned a corner and is thriving today {find the full story here: LinseyDriskill.com}.

After four months in the NICU, we were over the moon when it was time to bring our daughter home. But then the surgeon leaned over and said, “There is one thing I need to tell you.”

My heart about beat out of my chest. I wondered what was wrong. What would she tell me?

The surgeon said that because of having several surgeries in the same place she would have a really big scar and she was sorry.

I was relieved. “You saved my daughter’s life”, I said. “I will be grateful to you forever. And, I love that scar. The Lord used it to save her.”

From that moment on, we called it, “God’s Love Scar.”

I didn’t want my daughter to ever look at it in embarrassment, but in joy over what the Lord did for her. Her Love Scar tells a story of God’s Love.

Just yesterday, I looked into Brooklyn’s eight-year-old eyes and told her again that I love her scar – that it’s beautiful and that it’s a story of God’s love.

Instead of being embarrassed by it, she wore a look of confidence and smiled.

What is your love scar? Seen or unseen?

What is it that might look ugly from the outside, but is a beautiful story of God’s redemption, God’s hope, God’s love?

Maybe you too should start calling it, “God’s Love Scar.”

Because God is in the business of redeeming and restoring.

Jesus’ scars tell a story of the One who doesn’t stop at brokenness.

He embraces it and wears it. In his hands. In his feet. In his heart.

He took it all. All for you. All for me. Because of His great love. For us.

Through Jesus’ beautiful scars and rising high, he has restored, redeemed, and made all things new.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

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