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Thursday, April 11, 2013

A tattoo...I wonder?


May all who want to take my life

    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
Psalms 40:14 (NIV)

I wonder….

I noticed a tattoo on a women that read “Psalms 40:14.” It reminded me of the dichotomy existing between the sacred and the profane and wondered…what does God think about this?

I do not pretend to know, but it does make me wonder-does the container contaminate the contents? Part of me acknowledges that seeing it rushed me to my bible to read and study scripture. Another part of me is honest enough to confess that I’m not a tattoo fan, but that’s a personal thing. I still wonder, what does God think about this?
tattoo image from pinterestI noticed a tattoo on a women's wrist
that read “Psalms 40:14.” It reminded me
of the dichotomy existing between
 the sacred and the profane
and wondered…
what does God think?

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I thought and prayed a little more, and found a deeper lesson…(yeah, there’s always more if we look, right?) we Christians need to deal with our prejudices, whatever those might be. The more I thought about it, the more I appreciated the challenge…does the container contaminate the contents?? While I make every effort to be open, I reacted pretty quickly to this. I find those are the times when God challenges me to go deeper, look further, see again. Can I really hear from Him no matter from whence the message comes? Am I trying hard enough to hear? Am I more desperate for Him than any distraction that might be put in my way? Is prejudice a sufficient showstopper to deflect Grace? Are you always concentrating on God no matter WHAT gets in your way?

Let’s consider prejudice, shall we? Dictionary.com defines the word as “an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” I admit it, I was predisposed to draw conclusions, most of which were unkind. I probably even thought something snarky, but I couldn’t let it go.  I’m still thinking. I’m writing. I had a surprisingly enlightening conversation with my 12 year-old son about it; bless God, he's way smarter and far more grounded in his faith than I considered, and can articulate what he believes and why (proud mama moment....pause...okay, I'm good now). I cannot wait to hear what you think?

According to Matthew Henry’s commentary of the Bible, the psalmist gives us a model in patiently waiting for God’s Grace. In his words,
Doubts and fears about the eternal state, are a horrible pit and miry clay, and have been so to many a dear child of God. There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and grace enough to help the unworthiest of all that trust in Him.
I’m not finished thinking about this, but here is what I know. Because the Great Commission charges us to go and teach the Gospel, this tattoo did a great work. It was the pebble making a ripple in the ocean. I should probably get over myself and thank God that He can send a message, a reminder of His Provision and His Covering over me through in on skin. It still has me wondering though.

What say you?

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