A devotional thought from Christian George for “Garden Coverings”
I’ve got one. Maybe you do, too. It’s right in the middle of my back. I’d like to say that my scar was the result of something spectacular—like wrestling a gator or “noodling” a catfish. Unfortunately, it was carved by the scalpel of a dermatologist who thought I should “have that thing removed.” Thanks, doc.
Scars tell us where we’ve been. They remind us of what not to do in life—slide tackle near the goal post, run without stretching, drive without wearing a seatbelt. The quickest way to get new scars is to ignore the ones we have.
When Adam and Eve rebelled against their Creator, they were punished severely and driven from the garden. With full sensitivity to their sin, they experienced the devastating affects of their rebellion. The environment changed: death entered the world, the ground produced thorns. But humans changed, too. We were fundamentally tainted—our souls were deeply scarred. That’s why our children come into this world screaming at the top of their lungs. They are recipients of the original sin—the original scar—that originated with the sin of our ancestors.
Jesus is the only One whose scars can erase our scars. It’s interesting, after the resurrection, after God turned his back on God and Christ was crucified, dead, and buried—Jesus chose to keep His scars. He even told Thomas to touch them (John 20:27). For all eternity, Christ bears the marks of love for us on His body. It is a love that heals our deepest wound, a love that cosmetically changes the expression on our faces. Because of Christ’s salvific surgery we are made well. Because of His cuts and His lacerations, you and I can “have that thing removed.”
Pause and Reflect
• In Galatians 6:17, Paul writes, “I bear on my body scars for the cause of Christ.” What scars has your faith engraved in you?
• Why is testimony one of the strongest forms of evangelism? What is your testimony? Who was the last person you shared it with?
• If you knew that this week would be your very last, how would you spend it? What does your answer suggest about what you prize most in this world?