"Of Scars and Such..."

When I was in my early twenties I was hit by a car. A Dodge going about 40mph motored into the same stretch of pavement  that I had chosen to occupy along Route 9, and it was quite clear that the road was not big enough for both of us. Now, I am a pretty big guy. (I consider myself “husky.”) But with a ton of metal and rubber coming along at a good clip - well I was not going to get the better of that collision. The force knocked me out of my shoes and sent me tumbling down the highway. A gash in my head and a severely broken leg were my takeaways from the encounter.

Today, some thirty years later, I still have a significant scar on my leg. Interestingly, the old wound is not a result of the impact of the Dodge - the scar represents the work that was done by medical professionals in an effort to fix the damage within. Let me explain…

The brute force of the car hitting my left leg caused trauma to occur underneath my skin. Our leg muscles are held in place by fascia - a sheath of sorts that wraps around the muscle. While muscles will swell significantly when injured - the fascia will only stretch so far. When they reach their limit, they act like a tourniquet and squeeze off the flow of blood to the area. Unless corrected quickly, gangrene and other niceties can occur. That is what happened in my situation. The deep trauma within was not able to be seen - but the corrective measures taken, are visible on my outward skin to this day...

Many of us are wounded deeply - inside where things can be hidden from sight. But, our Physician won’t bypass our hurt. He sets about mending the damage - and often this process is clearly visible. So when we see someone going through a rough time, stop and consider; they may be under the scalpel of the Almighty - getting healed, not harmed.