Now I see you!
We all have a past. Some have claims of being victims, some abusers. Our past affects us but it doesn’t need to define us. I admit, I’ve struggled with this concept for years. Asking all the common questions: Why did that happen? How could they do that? Why does this seem fair? Why did it have to happen to me?
I was listening to an interview on YouTube with Johnny Depp and Ricky Gervais. In response to a certain fellow actor, Gervais said, “You know, those actors who live their lives like an open wound!” I had to replay it countless times. What a brilliant description, “Living your life like an open wound.” There is no argument that we are wounded by life. Wounds eventually scab over. If allowed to heal only a scar remains. It’s a reminder of where we came from. If we don’t allow that wound to heal, and continually pick the scab, we will never achieve a scar.
The book of Job in the Bible is a complicated book. Job loses everything, his friends come to aid him, but their message is a bit messed up, in the end God straightens Job out and Job responds to God with this simple statement:
“Before, I had only heard of You. NOW my eyes see you!”
I clearly remember the day that those words began to heal my scabs. I now have scars. I’ve earned them. They are a constant reminder of where I came from. Most of all, they are a symbol of the day I stopped hearing about Him … and realized I could SEE HIM!