Friday, March 29, 2013

God's Tattoo

A few days ago I stopped to chat with a friend who was watering her front garden.  We were talking for a while before Lyn noticed a Praying Mantis on her arm. 

We agreed that it’s not always easy to see these insects as they are usually the same shade of green as the leaves on the plant they seem to like.  After all, it had to jump off a green leaf and onto Lyn’s bare arm for us to see it.  

As I was putting the Praying Mantis back on the plant, It occurred to me that sometimes we feel like the Praying Mantis in that God doesn’t see us unless we  jump up and down in the open or have do something extremely bad or extremely good to get His attention.  

Over and over again, God says in the Bible that He knows us by name and cares for us individually.  Isaiah 43:2 says “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.   I’ve called your name. You’re mine.”  Another of my favourite verses (Have you noticed, I have lots of favourite verses?  lol) is Isaiah 49:16 “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;  your walls are ever before me.”

Wow…just the thought of God tattooing my name on His palm knocks me to my knees.  

I don’t know about you, but if I want to remember something important I want at the supermarket, I might write it on the back of my hand.   Of course, when I get home, I wash the ink off my skin.  Unlike ink from a biro, a tattoo will never wash off.  Soap and water won’t get rid of a tattoo.  You could scrub with a brush for hours and it’s still there.  You could go swimming in the ocean and its still there.  In fact, I don’t even know of anything that would remove a tattoo without leaving a scar.

Even though God has permanently inked us on his hand, He isn’t forgetful of His children.  He says he forgets our sins but He will never forget us.  In my opinion, God hasn’t tattooed our names on his hand because he is worried He will forget us, He engraved our names there for one reason and one reason alone, and that is so we would know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, how special and important we are to him. 

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