Tattooed onto God’s hand


Can a woman forget her nursing-child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:15-16

Ever feel alone? Ever feel that no one cares? Ever feel that you have been forgotten … not just by friends and family … but by God?

At times, we all have these feelings. At times we wonder if our life will ever get better or less busy or less lonely. We wonder how to get out of the mess we are in. We wonder about friendship, love, family, work, school. We wonder what God is calling us to do. We wonder if we even want to do what we think God is calling for us to do. We stew and we worry and we cry and we hurt.

Those who kn015[1]ow me are aware that I am not a tattoo fiend (I only have three dots of blue dye around my ribs because of radiation marking). But I admit, when I first reflected on this scripture, I wondered if it would be helpful to have Isaiah 49:16 inscribed on one of my hands, you know, to remember. …

But then … I re-read the scripture (always good to do that). And it doesn’t say that WE are to inscribe GOD on our hands.  What the scripture clearly states is that GOD has YOU inscribed on the palms of GOD’S hands.

God loves you so much that God has inscribed, etched, tattooed your name, your very self, your entire being onto God’s hands. No matter what is happening in your life – no matter the tears, no matter the heartache – God carries you always and forever.

You are held close to God – closer even (as it says in Isaiah) than a woman who nurses her infant.Trust that your pain will not be forever. Trust that even in your pain, you are held.

Have peace on this day.

Blessings, Pastor Shelley

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