Tatoos. Some love ’em.
Many hate them, especially when it comes to our children.
Tatoos are something we have processed in our family for many years, beginning with my oldest, who is now 21. We fought about them, made rules against them and let this issue become a source of conflict.
As I look back now, I see how my opinion of tatoos, like many things in my life, are a product of the time I grew up in. Tatoos were stereo typed – reserved for the rough and wild.
Being a mother of three young people, I have had this thinking challenged and I believe it has been for the good. I have had to ask not will people think, but what does God say. In my digging, I came across Isaiah 46:19:
“”See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:16(NIV)
What is God saying? Is it a metaphor or is He being literal? Does He, in fact, have a tatoo of sorts?
The essential idea is, that Zion (the city in Israel that he is speaking of in this passage) was dear to his heart; and that he had sketched or delineated it as an object in which he felt a deep interest – so deep as even to delineate its outlines on the palms of his bands, where it would be constantly before him.
Thy walls – The meaning is, that he constantly looked upon them; that he never forgot them. He had a constant and sacred regard for his people, and amidst all their disasters and trials, still remembered them.
Exodus 13:9 also tells us: “This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”
Again…God speaks of having a sign on the body.
Years ago, I had a dear friend who had the Christian symbol of the fish tatooed on her foot. When I met her, she was not walking with the Lord. I can’t help but wonder how the Holy Spirit could use this each and every day as a reminder…as a way to remind her of who she really was.
I don’t know how you personally feel about tatoos, as they do seem to be a very personal issue. I am not by any means saying that tatoos are from God. I’m just giving something to think about and challenge us to consider a way of thinking that might be outside of what we have embraced in the past…