Woke up this morning to find that a dear friend messaged me the song (and story behind) “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman. I’ve never heard it before–and here are my thoughts. I could identify with every lyric. I’ve lost track of how many years I have been ashamed of my brokenness and scars, but what this song helped me realize — and what every shattered soul needs to realize — is that we all have scar stories for a reason.
Our brokenness is part of who God made us to be and it’s never a reason for shame.
Brokenness means a guarantee that the King of kings who created our souls and bodies will draw near to us and bind up our wounds. We can proclaim with shouts of joy how exquisite his love is for us because we have been healed by it! (Ps. 147:3).
Letting go of shame has been a repeating theme in my life this week. On Monday night during a conference, I came with so much fear and shame and insecurity. When the worship began, I felt bound up inside. I wanted to raise my hands, but I felt awkward. Shame held me back. I asked Jesus to take away my insecurity so that I could worship unhindered with joy and freedom instead of wavering hesitation.
What scars are shaming you? Start viewing them as a symbol of shimmering beauty because when God heals you, it is always beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, and garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Is. 61:3). Brokenness is part of your story, part of you, part of your purpose to proclaim how good He is to allow scars. 💔💓
World, this is me — scars and all. Jesus was broken for me to turn the ugliness of heartbreak into something beautiful. His delight is healing my wounds with his (Is. 53:5). He is teaching me to fly after my wings have been clipped by the shame of scars and circumstances. He is anchoring my soul to the hope of His love. This, this is the reason why I have a permanent proclamation of delighted dependence on him tattooed on my wrist.