Time brings about a change. As I lotioned my arm I looked for a scar that I knew was there; It is old and familiar. Time has faded the scar to almost invisible but the events that surrounded the scar is as real and raw as the day I received it.
February 11, 1985 I was working the drive thru at McDonald’s, 7 months pregnant in a blizzard, half the staff did not report that day . I burned my arm on the grill and continued to work. Later in the same day I went into premature labor and had a child born 1lb 13 oz who lived 8 terrific, wonderful, painful, horrendous months. She was my bright star and my largest heartache beautiful but too small for this world.
I digress, I was actually thinking about how time heals all wounds, how time brings about a change, how time flies, how time is immeasurable but relevant. Time is a many splendid things and at the end of the day, there is never enough of it.
As I looked at the scar I realized the truth of the saying time heals all wounds. There was time when the scar was very prominent and almost an eye sore due to its location on my arm. I don’t remember how long it took it to heal or how big it was originally but I have always known the scar was there. I don’t look for it every day but there are times when I look at it, rub it a little and reminisce. Today I was adding lotion and I realized it is barely there. I thought how awful it would be if it left altogether, would I then begin to forget the events it represents. Naaah the scar is just that, a scar, not the thing. It’s ok for the scar to heal and fade away because it’s time is up.
In my mind God allows us to have scars so we can review the healing process. In the beginning all you can think of is the tragedy to your body, it is the most important thing in your mind. Over time the scar begins to heal, it itches, it burns and it scabs over. This is where I shout, as the scab forms on top of the injury the real work begins, the healing happens from the inside out. The scab remains until the healing is complete and when the scab is left alone it will fall off and all that’s left is the scar. Time does it’s perfect work and the scar fades that too.
So don’t get caught up in the things in your life that hurt you, that leaves a scar. Trust the Lord and trust the process, God will stand up for you when the pain is at its worse, he we will allow a scab to form over your pain and tragedy and begin to heal you from the inside out. Over time the scab will fall away and all that’s left will be a scar. Have no fear, God will remove that too, when it’s time.
“There is a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 ERV
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