God’s Tattoo

When I was 12 years old, my oldest brother J C came home on furlough from the Navy. I saw a tattoo of a hula girl on his left arm. I asked him why he got that thing anyway. “Every time I flex my biceps, I remember how much I love Hawaii.”

Standing in line at the pharmacy one day, a young man told me, “This skull and crossbones tattoo on my arm helps me remember my behind-bars buddies.”

One of the main reasons an individual tells me for getting a tattoo is “to help me remember.”

The prophet Isaiah probably had the same idea in mind when he wrote “I [God] will never forget you. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” 49:15, 16. He is referring to the Jews’ custom of puncturing their hands with a symbol of their city and temple as a sign of devotion.

Thinking about tattoos, I hear Jesus’ tender personal words to his doubting Thomas, “Put your hand in my scarred hand.” John 20:27 [my paraphrase.] Throughout eternity, Jesus will be inviting us personally, “See, at Golgotha, you were engraved on the palms of my hands forever.”

When you find yourself feeling alone in a crowd, forgotten by your family, or neglected by a close friend, then remember God’s tattoo, “I’ll always remember you.” [my paraphrase.]

You can further meditate on Isaiah 49:13-18 with Psalm 37:25-28 until, like Thomas, you exclaim,” My Lord and my God.” John 20:28

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2 thoughts on “God’s Tattoo

  1. GOD’S TATTOO ON MY HEART IS MY PROVEERBS 3:5-8 SCRIPTURE………. TRUST IN HIM WITH ALL MY HEART FEAR THE LORD SHUN EVIL IT WILL BRING STRENGTH TO MY BODY AND NOURISHMENT TO MY BONES THANKS FOR THE TATTOO MESSAGE IT IS A GOOD ONE!!! INJESUS JOY, RUTHE

  2. Wow – that’s an amazing thought – I’ve never thought of “God’s tattoo” in any context before – what a precious promise to be engraved ( tattooed) on God’s palm. Thanks much for giving me something new and special to “remember”. God bless you, love Janey

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