I remember the first time I wanted a tattoo. Oh, how it burned on my mind like a craving for a sweet treat. And you should know, sweet treat cravings are awful strong for me. I was with Dalyce, my friend who shines like the sun, and she was trying to help me understand tattoos, and how God probably intends for us to have them. Although I’m unsure God should be brought into this, I grew even more fond of the idea after she showed me her foot, and expressed her heart. It says ‘powerful voice’ in hebrew and is a true expression of her life for God. Of course we all know how scriptures tell us that our body is the temple of God (see 1 Corinthians 6.19-20) and we are to honor God with our body. And this has been the biggest fighting tool for the religiosity of the church and many a parent who fears a tattooed child. But Dalyce, who is beautiful in spirit and form, just smiles and shakes her pretty head at the thought.

“How could we just pierce our ears, and feel okay about that form of ‘body mutilation’ with no purpose of praise for God, and yet not cover ourselves with the manifestations of worship and praise for God?!” She’ll scream. And I became a believer that day. I don’t have a tattoo on the suface of my skin yet, but only because I’m a wimp. And because I’m afriad my mother might cry and disapprove. However, if you can imagine, my insides are covered with His beautiful words.

I have a coworker who is 56 years old, and he has a tattoo as well. But his is a full scale Popeye on his butt. He laughs about it, but he laughs nervously and shakes his head. This, I’m sure is not a choice his mother had ever known about…

There is something about a person who is bold enough to put the words of Jesus Christ all over their body. Something so fantastic about someone who is unafraid of religion and so desperately in love with Jesus that they couldn’t stay away from proclaiming it from their very physical being. Not to mention the kind of accountability it would produce! It’s like those people with the Jesus fish on the back of their cars. I watch them more carefully on the road to see if they really believe in Jesus by the speed and patience they endure on the road. I know, how judgmental am I. Trust me, I’m working on that.

And although I could talk about tattoos for some time, its burning even deeper on my soul that something has already tattooed itself deeply within us. And that’s the place I want to utterly soak myself in today. Romans 2. 12-16 is at the bottom of this blog, and I hope you’ll take the time to stop and read it. It’s beautiful. I can just imagine as God thinks us up in His head, as he is designing our very being, he reaches to the bottom of our soul and carves His name in script. And even if we cannot feel or see it on a daily basis, our thoughts even become conflicting at the thought of a creator or maker. The thought of life and its purpose. All of us uncertain, desperate to find something of meaning, desperate enough to try every other thing this world could offer us. And yet, without true fulfillment. And it’s all because He made us, and made us for so much more than world driven fulfillment. Because He has written himself deeply within us, we cannot help but wonder. And with His name tattooed on every single person and thing in this world, even creation connects with us, prompting the belief of a creator. In the midst of heartache and scars, He continues to write over the tissue with His name, His redeeming name. Even though you cannot see it, I’m all tattooed up from the bottom of my soul, and loving every bit of it. And I think my mom would be proud of them.

Go ahead, deny Him. But He cannot deny you. He has literally written himself upon your soul.

“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but doers of the law who will be justified. For when gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. THey show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. Romans 2.12-16