“Got inked!” my friend exclaimed on Facebook one day with new pictures. The tribal design on his arm was fresh with hues of red in perfect color and precision.
“The red is not ink, but my own blood,” he went on to explain, wanting all to know clearly the details. “But notice how it fits in with the design?” he notes, always finding positives in painful situations. Posts from friends all over responded. Everything from practical tips on how to take care of his new tat all the way to “Congrats!” “Awesome!” and “Cool!”
My response? “Intriguing!”
Most people would be surprised to know that I find tattoos fascinating! Being the visual learner that I am, not to mention having a fondness for creative art, tattoos are quick to catch my eye. I am drawn to the shapes, vibrant colors, sizes, designs and have become a quick study as a novice connoisseur of fresh inks.
Whenever I am in a crowd of people, a favorite pastime has become scouting them out.
What is most curious to me is the story behind the permanent skin stain. Sometimes I have become so inquisitive I have been known to ask perfect strangers to share the story about their old markings or fresh inks as well as what inspired them to get it.
Oh yes, I have been known to embarrass my husband in public with my new people watcher talent. And a couple of years back at Sky Harbor airport, I literally ran into Head (also known as Brian Welsh) of Korn.
OK, I could not help it. Really! He was walking in front of me and I was walking fast right behind him trying to get by ... “But wait, what is that on his arm?” I had to slow down to figure out the design. By that time, I noticed his long braids and both arms full of tattoos and I actually did bump into him slightly. No worries, it was all good. He stopped, we chatted and I ended up laying hands on and praying for him and his new ministry for God. But I digress.
Spurring my curiosity of my tat sightings are the decisions one has to make. How does one decide on what design to get? I understand your spouse, your child, in honor or memory of a loved one, but other than that how does one pick from the extraordinary vastness of color not to mention thousands upon thousands of designs to be permanently placed on your body? And what if you decide to change your mind? Once the decision had been made of selecting colors and design, then the decision of what part of the body to put it on. There are the obvious places such as the arm, back, chest, neck, leg, and then the not so obvious… those are usually hidden. The unique places for that art include the tips of fingers, face, ear lobe; and then there are the category of body parts that I didn’t even know were “inkable” — such as the inside of the bottom lip, top of head or inside eyelid.
One thing that is common with every single person who has a tattoo is that it is permanent. It stays on the skin forever. So whether you got a tattoo while in the military years back or you just got a new ink today to join your existing tattoo collection, these markings will be on your skin as long as your skin exists.
God has a tattoo
Did you know that God has fresh ink? Yes, the holy heavenly Father, who sits on His throne with Christ on the right side has many, many tattoos and each one is permanently etched into the palms of His hands for eternity. Never to be erased. EVER!
Isaiah, one of the prophets of God speaks of God’s heart. With a wrenching cry that God longs to be reconciled with His people. He comforts the people by assuring them that He is their God. Always has been, always will be. God speaks with a rhetorical question in Chapter 49 asking a lost people who may have wondered where God was and if He is still there. He answers their doubt that turned to fear that turned to inquiry... “Can a woman forget her nursing child? And not have compassion on the son of her womb?” God then responds to His own question by stating. “A woman may do that but I (being God almighty) WILL NEVER FORGET! I will never forget my own creation and never forget My people.” The text moves into a definite affirmation saying, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” In other words not only will I NEVER FORGET YOU! Your name is tattooed in the palms of my hands to affirm to you that I will never, no never forget you. His love for us is so great; He invites you to actively participate in a personal relationship with Him,
Get spiritually inked
So I want to ask you:
1) Have you ever questioned if God is really there? Or if He has forgotten you?
2) Would you seek after the eternal Tattoo Artist and ask to be permanently marked in the palm of His hand?
3) Would you ask Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior the very tool that God will use as the etchings on His palm?
Text: Isaiah 49: 15, 18
About the author
Simone Lake is a full-time minister and serves in the areas of Bible teacher, speaker and author. She is also a missionary, mentor and chaplain. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her husband, Pastor John Lake. Read more about her speaking engagements, Bible studies and upcoming events at: www.simonelake.com or www.simonelake.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com.
Tuesday’s Bible Study - The Marvelous Light, a study in I Peter; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Church on Randall Place, Pine, downstairs in the fellowship hall. All are welcome. Call (928) 595-0837 for more information.
Engaging Encounters: Jesus’ one on one encounter with various people in the Bible -Every last Wednesday of the month, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., KMOG 1420AM or listen online streaming at www.rimcountryradio.com click on KMOG Forum.
Speaking at Pine Strawberry Health Fair Saturday, June 26; at The Awakening Earth Expo, August 7 and 8