On October 7, 2014, I was playing in my high school soccer game against our school rival. It was sunny but it wasn’t hot because there was a breeze. My team and I were wearing our blue jerseys with our white shorts. While racing number 8 in her green and white striped jersey, I remember glancing up at the clock and seeing that the game was only 18 minutes in. After getting to the ball first, I turned and passed it to my midfielder with my left foot. With a late kick to the ball, she struck my right ankle and I fell to the ground in pain.
For eleven months the doctors said it was just a sprain and I continually went to physical therapy. Last September they realized that all of my ligaments had been ruptured so I immediately went in for surgery. Looking at my ankle now, I have a scar that is roughly three inches long.
I can clearly remember every detail about how and why I got this scar. Think about one of your scar stories, whether it be physical or emotional. What happened? What were you wearing? What was the weather like? You can probably remember most, if not all, of the details with no difficulty. You can’t forget. If you’re like me, you can barely remember what you did last week or what you ate for breakfast yesterday but somehow you can remember your scar story, no matter how long ago it occurred.
At points in your life you have probably felt alone and confused. You’ve probably even questioned whether or not Christ was still there. The answer is always this: It is impossible for Him to forget you! You are His scar story. He will never forget about you. He will never leave you. He knows what you’re going through and He knows what you’re feeling. He is always there watching over you and loving you!
I’m sure you’ve all heard the story about the man looking back at the footprints in the sand. This man dreamt that he was on the beach with Christ and he could see his footprints leading through his own life. Most of the time, there was a second set of prints next to his and he recognized them as Christ’s. However, he noticed that during the hardest parts of his life, there was only one set of footprints. Assuming they were his own, the man turned to Christ and asked, “Why did you leave me when I needed you most?” Christ lovingly turned to the guy and said, “It was then that I carried you. I never left you.”
You are part of His scar story which means that you are forever a part of Him. You may feel alone but you’re never on your own! He is always willing to carry you through your scar story. At the time, it’s hard to see that you’re being carried but looking back you will realize that He knows you, He loves you and He will never leave you!
Can you think of a time in your life when Christ, or someone He sent, has carried you?