Monday, February 25, 2013

Got Tattoos?

 Got Tattoos? 

            My former co-worker, Linda comes up with some great lines, but my favorite one is “I’m trying to remember what I think I know.” 

            I love her for saying that. I know she did it on purpose to make me feel better for the time I sent my son to the store for ‘some liquid stuff you put on your cereal in the morning’ because I couldn’t think of the word ‘milk.’ But my worst case of memory lapse was when I answered the phone several years ago in the midst of a stressful day and chirped, “Citizens Bank, this is…..” I thought it was outrageously funny that I had forgotten my own name, but the customer on the other end was not amused!

            Aren’t you relieved God never forgets you? From before the world was shaped, He knew you and had a perfect, magnificent plan for your life. Before you ever said “Yes” to Him, He had you in His heart.
copyright, Ron Levellie, 2011
            In fact, He has a very unique way of remembering all of His kids: tattoos. If you don’t believe me, look at Isaiah 49:15,16:  Can a woman forget her nursing child? And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.”  God is so in love with you, so thoughtful of your needs that He’s tattooed you on His hands!

            What, you don’t think God would actually put a tattoo of you in His hand? “That’s a pretty painful way to keep me in His mind,” you may be saying. No more painful than nails in His hands and feet. Or a whip on His back. Or, the rejection of His own family and nation. But to Him, you were worth all the pain He endured, just to have you in His family and spend eternity with you. He knew that the pain of His death and separation from His Father wouldn’t last forever, but You would. So He willingly gave His life in your place.

            If He’d go to such a painful death in your place, how could He possibly forget you now? “He who did not spare His own Son, but freely gave Him up for us all, how much more will He freely give us all things?”  Romans 8: 32. 
            When you have sacrificed your own comfort to give to someone in need, He does not forget your labor of love. When you have spent time in prayer for a person who’s wronged you, He remembers your graciousness. When you long to tell someone off but keep your mouth shut, He notes your self control. Every time you pass up a sin or repent of one, He remembers your obedience. And when you are in trouble and anguish, He hears every cry and saves every tear.

            Whether God has actually tattooed or simply written you on His hand, you are forever on His mind. Unlike Linda, me or any of us, He never forgets a name: yours.
          The above is an excerpt from Jeanette Levellie's bestselling humorous devotional, Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top. Connect with Jeanette for more laughter and grace at her website, On Wings of Mirth and Worth.


Barb Snyder said...

This was one of my favorites from your book, Jeanette. I'm so thankful He knows my name.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Thanks, Barb! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I'm thankful God knows my name, too.

quietspirit said...

Jeanette: I love the way you look at the tattoo that God has as a reminder of His love for us.

From Mary's Pen said...

Love this! Such beautiful words. :)

Ps, I followed you from Twitter- so tweeting works. :)

Gail Kittleson said...

Thank you, Jeannette - I have a friend who's really hurting right now, and am definitely sending this her way.

Bless you!

Gail Kittleson

Carol Garvin said...

Those nail prints were an everlasting sign of His love for us. I also like my daughter's description that His tattoo is on our hearts and it says "Mine".

Denise said...

Awesome, love this.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Thank you, dear friends. I appreciate your comments! I love it that God is so committed to us, and craves our fellowship.

Karen Lange said...

What a comfort and a gift! Thank you for this reminder, Jen! :)