At the beginning of this past summer, I split my lip open playing catch. My hair was braided, I was wearing a tie dye t-shirt, it was probably around 8 o’clock because the sun was just starting to go down. We were on my front lawn playing catch with a bright yellow softball.
It hit my face, and initially I didn’t feel any pain. I said “ow”, closed my eyes and tried not to cry. I noticed a metallic, salty taste in my mouth and when I spit it out I noticed it was blood. I ran inside to show my dad. That’s when my lip started to ache, it only took him a couple seconds to determine I would need stitches. We called my doctor. He had just finished mowing his lawn and said that he could get to his office in about 30 minutes. I ended up getting four stitches and a lot of pain killer. I had a hard time talking for about two days, and a hard time smiling for a good week.
I remember almost every detail about this incident. It’s hard for me to forget something that was so emotional and significant. Take a second and try to remember one of your scar stories. What happened? Who was there? Was it sunny? Was it rainy? How old were you? What were you wearing? What were some of the emotions you were experiencing? I guarantee you will be able to answer every single one of these questions. You don’t forget. It’s burned into your memory forever. This complete recall has always been interesting to me because I sometimes struggle remembering what I did yesterday, or what I ate for breakfast this morning.
To whomever is reading this, I know at one point in your life you have felt alone. You’ve felt like everything, absolutely everything, in your life is going wrong. You’ve felt hopeless, lost, and exhausted. You’ve hit a low point and might have even wondered if Christ is still there. The answer: He cannot forget you.
You are His scar story. You are engraved upon his hands. The nail prints on His hands represent you and the Atonement He preformed for you. He will never forget about you, it is literally impossible for Him. He felt what you are feeling. He went through what you’re going through. He will never desert you. He will never leave you. He might want you to go through or experience something seemingly “on your own,” but He is there watching over you, rooting for you, weeping for you, and loving you.
My dear prophet President Thomas S. Monson testifies, “As we seek our Heavenly Father through fervent, sincere prayer and earnest, dedicated scripture study, our testimonies will become strong and deeply rooted. We will know of God’s love for us. We will understand that we do not ever walk alone. I promise you that you will one day stand aside and look at your difficult times, and you will realize that He was always there beside you.”
I echo His testimony and add, like a scar you, are forever a part of Him, you are burned into His memory and His heart. This knowledge does not take away life’s pain and grief but it does give us the strength and comfort we need during our trials and hardships.