We have been doing Beth Moore's Believing God bible study at church. It is so powerful. If you ever have the opportunity to do this study, I highly recommend it. Anyway...in the study it talks about Rahab. (You can read all about her in the book of Joshua.) I am captivated by Rahab, the harlot. I'm sure you all know how Rahab hid Joshua's men from the soldiers in Jericho. She bargained not only for her life, but also for the lives of her family. God used Rahab, a harlot to fulfill His plan. Because she was faithful, God spared her life as well as the lives of her family. He used a broken woman...a scarred woman...a defiled woman to fulfill His purpose. She wasn't perfect. She wasn't a member of the PTA. She wasn't Supermom. She hadn't done all the right things. She hadn't said all the right things. She didn't know all the right people. She allowed herself to be used by men. She wasn't a perfect, neat-as-a-pin, pristine, innocent woman. She was a prostitute. A harlot. A woman with scars. Yet, God found her and used her for His purpose. God loved her so much that He sent His men to her house so that she would be saved. It was no mistake or coincidence that they showed up on her doorstep. It was God orchestrated. God had His eye on Rahab's heart. He loved her. He loved her so much that she was chosen to be in the lineage of God's precious son, Jesus Christ. Oh yes! Check out Matthew 1 and see Rahab's name listed. Oh, yes, ladies! God redeemed Rahab and used her in the lineage of my Savior, Jesus!
Oh, ladies, doesn't that give you hope? Our scars do not make us ugly to God, not by any means. It's our scars that make us beautiful. It's our scars that God uses to redeem others. Surely if God could use Rahab, He could use me. Could it possibly be that our scars are what render us useful for God? I think so, too.
Thank You for loving us when we are unlovable. Thank You for seeing us as treasures when others deem us worthless. Thank You, Father, for Rahab. Thank You for showing us that scars are beautiful...that they are redeemable through the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank You for teaching us that no life is hopeless. Thank You, Lord, for showing all of us that we can be used, no matter our past or circumstance, to glorify and further Your kingdom. Thank You for second chances and broken dreams. Thank You that we are all a continuous work in progress and though we may not have it all together, Father, with You we really do have it all!