I have a tattoo on my right wrist, and people won’t notice it unless I don’t wear a watch. But people who notice would usually respond with, “Is that real?!”, “What does your tattoo say?”, “What does it mean?”, “Does your mom know about this?”, “Why are you trying to hide it?”, “Did it hurt?”, and all those other whens and whys and whats.
It may sound mawkishly sentimental, but my tattoo has a story too.
I had my right wrist tattooed on 11/11/11. I just graduated from college that time, not yet in Christ, and I was very impulsive in making life decisions. Apparently, even in making a decision of whether or not I should get a tattoo.
Few days before 11/11/11, a college student named Sarah went in our classroom laboratory to randomly give-out bookmarks. I picked the pink one, and it had a Bible verse in it – Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
I did not understand it nor did I dwell on it, but one thing is for sure, I found the verse beautiful. So I kept the bookmark to myself.
Few days after the bookmark incident, I saw a glass bowl half-filled with little folded white papers. The glass bowl was just outside the same class laboratory, and it had an instruction – “Pick one”, and so I did.
I picked a paper and unfolded it. Tadaaa! It had the same verse. Proverbs 3:5-6! I was so surprised and thrilled, I kept the paper to myself as well. I remember how excited I was with the “co-incidence” that I had to immediately tell it to my college best friend, Susan, who was just sitting inside the class lab that morning.
That day, I hastily made a decision to tattoo Proverbs 3:5-6 on my right wrist. Right wrist just so I would see it often. 11/11/11 just so the date is easier to remember. I also researched for a credible and safe tattoo artist and he happened to have a shop nearby.
Fast forward to 2016: Did you ever regret having a tattoo?
I wish I did not do it but I do not regret it. I do not regret it now and I do not think I will sooner or later. Why? because He has transformed such an impulsive, selfish and immature decision to something purposeful today.
Proverbs 3:5-6 eventually became my life verse.
Proverbs 3:5-6 became something I would share to friends and loved ones who are in their season of waiting, testing, heartaches and confusion. This verse also serves as a personal reminder/ conviction whenever I would foolishly rely on my own understanding and own doing. It also became a promise tattooed on my heart.
Now this blog is not something I posted to encourage you to find a meaningful quote or verse today and tattoo it on your body later. Bear in mind that we do not own our God-given bodies. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit therefore, it should be taken care of from the inside out. Bear in mind also, that faith is more important than what we see. We do not have to literally brand ourselves with God’s word; we just have to live by it. So it does not matter where you place or post your life verse, if you do not live by it and if you do not share it, it’s useless.
The intention of this post is to let you know that God can one day use your stupidest and craziest decision into something wonderful. Whatever you have today (the good and bad, the sickening or not), God can use it for His glory.
Having a tattoo is, for me, one of the MANY stupid decisions I have made in my life. I almost did not pass my pre-employment requirements because of it! I also have to constantly hide it under my wristwatch when I am in the workplace! But by God’s grace and mercy, it turned out to be something that would constantly remind me of a specific promise God gave me – that He will lead my path straight. I just have to trust Him with all my heart and let go of trying to figure things out on my own.