See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:16
People get tattoos for a variety of reasons. Some get simple tattoos hidden away in discreet places. Others get large tattoos that are easily seen by everyone they come in contact with.
Tattoos are usually some sort of statement by the person wearing the tattoo. The tattoo is a reminder to that person of another person, place or thing that has great meaning and significance in their lives. There are other times when people get a tattoo for ‘less than well-thought out reasons’. That’s unfortunate because tattoos are painful to receive and almost impossible to completely remove without surgery.
Why all this talk of tattoos? Because God has a tattoo! It’s in a place where He will always remember it. It is a constant reminder throughout His day of something that is extremely precious to Him. Right there on His hand is a tattoo with my name on it!
What we call ‘tattoos’ aren’t really new. People in the mid-east would often engrave things on their hands or fingers to remind them of something very dear to them. It was a permanent reminder of their city, a loved one or some event in their lives.
God says, through the prophet Isaiah, that God has engraved us in the palms of His hands. It was the way He expressed to his people that fact that even though they may be in exile or going through some struggle, their plight was ever before them. They were never forgotten, never unnoticed, never beyond sight of Him.
The same is true today. You may be going through things that are unbearable. You may feel totally forgotten by God. You may be living a lie that says you aren’t good enough for God or that He doesn’t love you. Nothing is further from the truth.
Every time God looks at his hand, there is your name and a reminder to Him of all you mean to him. Just like a tattoo today, the tattoo God bears with your name on it put him in great pain. But that’s okay. To God you are worth it.
One more thing about tattoos. They can never be fully removed. In the same way, nothing you can do will remove your name from God’s hand. You are always and forever in His sight.
As you go through the trials and struggles of the day, as the journey of life leads you into places you never thought you’d be. Remember this: the Creator/God of the universe has your name firmly tattooed in the palm of His hand. He will never forget what you are going through.
PRAYER: Father God. I thank you for your great, undying love for me. I’ve made so many mistakes. There are so many times when I have ignored you or been angry with you. So many times when I feel completely abandoned by you. Thank you for your promise never to forget me or the pain I’m in. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.