The band I Am They released their official music video for their song, Scars at the end of January. This song is a beautiful reminder of how the struggles and sorrows of our lives also show God’s greatness. That our wounds and brokenness are part of our stories to glorify God.

Being diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer at 21 years old, and 2 months away from your wedding day is a scary thing. It’s a scary diagnosis regardless of the situation or kind of cancer.

I did some searching for a Bible verse of “my own” to help me through that trial and found James 1:2-6 (focusing more on verses 2-4): “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

We should have a positive attitude toward the trials we are facing, because God is using that for some reason, and making your story a living testimony of Him. He’s growing our faith and maturity through these storms. You can have peace through your storm because He is there whether we are in good times or bad.

The chorus of the song says:

“I’m thankful for the scars

‘Cause without them I wouldn’t know your heart

And I know they’ll always tell of who you are

So forever I am thankful for the scars”

About 9½ years later, the scar on my neck isn’t as noticeable. If you didn’t know something happened, or forgot about it, you wouldn’t even know it was there. But almost everyday, I look at my scar with joy, knowing that God was using it in a way to work in me and tell about Him.

Your story is different. Maybe it was an accident. Abuse. Mistreating yourself. Maybe nothing major has happened in your life yet. Trials will come. God is intending to use those scars for victory, just like He shows us victory with His scars from His death on the cross.

“I’m thankful for your scars

‘Cause without them I wouldn’t know your heart

And with my life, I’ll tell of who you are

So forever I am thankful” for the scars.

Be proud of your scars and trials. For through them we can tell of God’s love, grace and faithfulness.