I don't deny the risky vulnerability. When I've shared my scars with people, I've risked their reactions. I know what the Lord is asking me to do - turn the shoulder so people see Him and not me when I tell my story. I would love to tell you that the reactions are good and hospitable across the board, but they aren't. I wish I could tell you that in revealing my scars it has drawn me closer to people, but instead, it has brought distance; not to everyone, but most. This isn't unlike Jesus. He was vulnerable. He risked. But many disowned Him. In fact His whole core group of friends disowned Him. But I will say, though, that in willingly exposing my scars, it has brought me closer - to a very few people - but I'm not after quantity, I'm after quality. And it has brought me closer to the Lord.
My perspective is people, generally speaking, don't know what to do with me because of the scars that may remind them of their own - and it's hard for us to be in each other's presence. But if we let them, our scars will bring healing, on a level that neither of us have ever experienced. When I think back to the experience with Thomas and Jesus, Thomas was never the same again. And neither were any of the others that Jesus revealed Himself to. We should be the same. Because of Jesus' scars, we are healed. I believe He wasn't just doing an act, but intentionally giving us an example of vulnerability for us to follow.