Some people that are or have been in the military at some point will normally have some form of marks or scars on their bodies from wars that they would have been involved in. They may even narrate to you how they got those scars in battle often with a sense of pride and accomplishment. They bring to mind all the experiences that they went through to be where they are today.
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A friend of mine, McNorris Simba Hakata, went through some challenging times for almost a year. He was involved in a car accident in which he unintentionally ran over someone that eventually died. What followed was a charge of culpable homicide and life just took on a whole new meaning.
Living in a world that is fallen there were many temptations that arose such as police officers and a magistrate asking for bribes to sweep the case under the carpet. Even his lawyer and some relatives were persuading him to be unethical and give in to those demands. However, because he is grounded in the Word of God he did not budge and chose to trust in Him.
It wasn’t an easy choice but one that he stood by and many of us have great respect for him. Thoughts of life imprisonment and abuse in prison did cross his mind but through prayer and studying the Word of God he overcame those obstacles. McNorris eventually just served a few weeks of community service instead of time in prison. Watching him go through this and overcome was just encouraging and it got me thinking about what these experiences represent in our lives.
A lot of those scars we have are emotional such as failure in the past, a failed marriage, loss of someone close, drug addictions, failure in high school, etc. Some are inflicted by others but at the end of the day God causes all things to work together for the good. What are some of the things we can learn from these painful experiences?
1. God’s Faithfulness
When God gives you a promise He is going to bring it to pass. King David probably knew the faithfulness of God better than anyone else in the Bible. This is why God called him a man after His heart. This is what King David said below about the faithfulness of God,
“I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your loving kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” ~ Psalm 138:2
Your present circumstances will not alter what God promised He would do in your life. Though the grass may wither, and the flowers fall, the Word of the Lord will stand forever.
2. They tell a story
Something I have learned in the last few years is that, “facts tell, stories sell“. Your life experiences may be painful to you but they definitely inspire other people around you to press on in their life and achieve great things too. Personal testimonies are powerful agents of change in the world. While theoretical information may be logical to share with others it doesn’t have the power to inspire people to take action and make a change in their lives. Share your stories with the world because they matter.
Ultimately your scars represent your conquests. They are the trophies that represent all the hardships you had to go through in order to be victorious. With each challenging experience you go through take the time to reflect on your previous triumphs and know that if God brought you through those challenges He will do the same for you in the present.
I hope you have been encouraged by this post. Perhaps you have a story that you would like to share with us. Feel free to share in the comments below and share the post on social media using the buttons below. This may just help someone else.