This week I had the privilege of being with author and speaker, Sheila Walsh, for her Canadian publicity tour in promotion of her new book (I love my job!!). It was a blessing to be with her as her new book, It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, has ministered to me profoundly in this season.
During one of her interviews, Sheila talked about how our Saviour isn’t ashamed of His scars, and how He didn’t hide them. As we were filming, she had the camera crew and the rest of us filling up with tears.
John 20:19-20 (TPT) says this: But suddenly Jesus appeared among them and said, “Peace to you!” Then he showed them the wounds of his hands and his side—they were overjoyed to see the Lord with their own eyes!
Jesus showed His wounds. He showed His scars. He wasn’t ashamed. Similarly, we shouldn’t hide our scars, either. Scars symbolize that our wounds have healed. Scars are wounds of triumph.
It made me think of labels we carry because of our scars and because of the stories that lead to the wound. I talked with Sheila about how it’s so easy to carry labels around from what’s happened to us. For me, I carry around labels that we’re forced upon me, but I’m choosing to cover those labels with Truth.
In It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, Sheila says, “Unless we have a deep sense of the identity we are offered in our scar-marked Saviour, we find our identity in our wounds.” The seemingly negative labels I carry from the devastating seasons of my life weren’t put upon me by God and so I shouldn’t give them as much power as I do. Definitely easier said than done – but I don’t want to find my identity in my wounds. My identity is, and will always be, found in Jesus Christ.
In her chapter of letting go of what you can’t control, Sheila writes, “Can people harm you? Yes. Can people lie about you and break your heart? Yes… Even when people intend to harm us, God is still in control. No matter what their motive was or how it impacts our lives for a time, God is with us and He will bring good from it.”
Things won’t always look good or feel good – but God will bring good – even from those ugly and painful situations of our lives.
You’re not what happened to you. You’re so much more. You were made for so much more.
What labels do you need to lay down today?
Pick up a copy of Sheila’s new book, here.
Peace to you,