Tattoos have gained increasing acceptance in our society in recent years. It used to be only the rebellious outlaw types had tattoos. Bikers, convicts, etc.
Not so much anymore (although I am secretly rebellious).
If you follow this blog much, you know that I write a lot on leadership and Biblical encouragement. That said, this post is not going to address any Biblical position about tattoos. If you are a follower of Jesus and do not think believers should have them I totally support your personal views. This is not a right vs. wrong post, so please refrain from making it one.
This is simply sharing my personal story surrounding my tattoo.
So, love it or hate it…..here it is!
The pocket watch | It is slightly warped, as if beginning to melt. It has typical roman numerals for time, but if you look closely the hour and minute hands have been replaced by the magnet needle of a compass. There’s lots going on here. This pocket watch looks a bit different. The same can often be said of God’s TIMING and DIRECTION in our lives. As we follow His guidance in faith, His ‘where’ and ‘when’ usually don’t look a thing like our plans. Can you relate?
The puzzle | If you’ve done many jigsaw puzzles you know that the best method is to start with connecting all the border pieces. Then you fill in toward the middle. Notice, my tattoo has no border yet. It also has a couple pieces laying off to the side…not put in their respective place yet. Ok, so two things here. 1) God’s way of piecing together our image of Him doesn’t seem logical. He works from the inside out! 2) Those two pieces off to the side? Yeah, He’s never really done artistically rendering us. There will never be border pieces when we allow God to continue working on us.
Conversation | Those who have tattoos have stories behind each one. They can tell you precisely what it means to them. For me, the design was meant to hold a bit of symbolism as to create intrigue. When people ask about it, that’s my window of opportunity to share my story of walking with Jesus. How it isn’t always easy or clear, BUT that He has ALWAYS BEEN THERE with me every step of the way.
* Minor side note: This tattoo looks FREAKIN’ AMAZING!
Thanks for stopping by the blog, and God Bless!