Do you have any scars? I’m sure that if you stop and think hard enough, you would be able to ﬁnd at least one. Did you know that not all scars are the same? In fact, there are two different types of scars.
Now, I’m not talking about the difference between the scars you get from really bad cuts or accidents, or the scars that you get when you climb a tree or when your pet cat scratches you. I am talking about obedience scars and disobedience scars. I think that many of us probably have a few more disobedient scars than obedient scars. I happen to be the owner of at least one of each.
My disobedience scar comes from a time when my father asked me not to climb over the door of our pet dog’s pen, because the door was dangerous and I could get hurt.
Well, I thought I could be careful enough and not get into any trouble. But there happened to be a wire that I didn’t see—poking up from a fence post—and it scratched me right above my knee! Now I wear a scar that reminds me of my disobedience.
The scar I really want to tell you about is my obedience scar. When I was about four or five years old, I was riding with my mom in the front seat of our family’s car. We were on our way to pick up my uncle from medical school. In those days, the use of car seats and booster seats for children was not enforced by law, and children were free to sit anywhere in the car.
These days, cars have two seats in front with a space between them, but back then, our family’s car had bench seats—just one long seat across the front of the car. And in case you’re wondering, we did wear seat belts!
In the car that day, we had a mirror propped up against the back of the front seat. It was bare glass with no protection around its edges. We were taking it to the shop to have it framed.
As we were nearing the school, my mom reminded me that I needed to return to the back seat so my uncle could sit up front. Well, no sooner had she asked me to get in the back, that she remembered...the mirror! Being so very quick to obey, I had already thrown my left leg over the seat and it came down right on top of the bare glass.
I don’t seem to remember much after that, other than being in the emergency room with unfamiliar people. Back then, moms and dads couldn’t be in the room where the doctors and nurses were working. I was as brave as I could be while I had the gash in my leg stitched up.
Every time I see either of those scars, I am reminded of what happened.
Did you know that Jesus has obedience scars too? Philippians 2:8 tells us that Jesus “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Isaiah 49:16 says, “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.”
Every time Jesus looks at His hands, He thinks of you. Every time He looks at His hands, He remembers that because He loves you so much, He walked that long road to the cross just for you. Jesus obediently followed His Father’s will, and died on the cross for you so that you could have eternal life.
I think that when He looks at those scars, He prays for you and looks forward to the day when He can spend eternity with you!
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