As I massaged the lotion into my baby's sweet skin, I had a moment of intense emotion, beginning with grief that he's had to endure pain; moving to pride in his resilience; sadness that more scars will mark his body; finally gratitude that medical science has allowed my son to live fully.
Over the next couple of days, when I thought about those scars, I was surprised to find I was thankful for them.
God told Moses (if you haven't already guessed from recent posts, I'll admit I'm a proud member of the Moses fan club—what a guy!) that when the Israelites entered the Promised Land, they were to write God's Law on large, plaster-covered stones. God knew it about the Israelites, and He knows it about us — WE FORGET! It seems impossible that the Israelites could forget walking through a parted sea, or watching water pour out of a dry desert rock.
But like the Israelites, I too am forgetful, which leads me back to why I'm thankful for Luke's scars. I'm thankful that there are visual reminders of God's work. I'm thankful that these scars never let me forget that God promises to cause "all things to work together for good to those who love Him."
My hope for Luke is that he wears these scars proudly. My hope is that when he looks at his scars, he remembers that God has created him with a unique purpose. My hope is that his "superman scars" open doors for him to share his story, to bring awareness to this disease, and to bring glory to God.