I have a tattoo.
I’ve had it for a long time,
Although you may not have noticed.
It is not hidden, though seldom seen.
It is not secret, yet rarely mentioned.
Not on my neck to be concealed.
Not on my chest to be covered.
Not on my back to be forgotten.
But on a place where I can daily remember.
Not of a site that I have visited.
Not of a triumph that I have prided.
Not of a deed that I have accomplished.
But of a person, most precious to my soul.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.
I cannot act without remembering your fragile frame.
When I heal
When I touch
When I raise to life
When I write on a heart
Each time, I see you there
Upon My hand.
No one can snatch you out of My hand
For you are indelibly etched there.
Not with paint that disappears
Not with henna that dissolves.
Not with ink that dims.
But with a spike that pierced.
Whether My palms reach, extend, or spread
Grip, clinch or grasp
I see you in the nail print.
Look at Me.
See My hands and My feet?
I have you in My heart.
“(You) said, ‘The LORD has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me.’
‘Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My Hands
Your walls are continually before Me.’”
“And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see’” (Luke 24:38-39).
There are two states of mind.
The first are “like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied” (Isaiah 56:11 NLT).
The second is satisfied from the first moment of their waking (Psalm 17:15).
The first eats more, drinks more, and buys more, but can never be fulfilled.
The second eats less, drinks less and buys less, but never has a lack (Psalm 34:10).
Which are you?
Within lies a secret. A simple secret which all too few experience.
It doesn’t depend on being in the midst of plenty.
“The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing” (Ecclesiastes 1:8).
It doesn’t rely on an abundance of cash.
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income.It doesn’t lie in a life void of pain” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
It doesn’t even hinge on being pain-free.
“The afflicted will eat and (are) satisfied” (Psalm 22:26).
Gratification depends on what you stare at.
Where is your focus?
Are you near-sighted
The near-sighted mind focuses his eye on resources — that which he can feel, see and touch (1 John 2:15-16).
The far-sighted mind adapts his eye on revelation — that which is eternal and prepared especially for his soul (2 Corinthians 4:18).
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God…Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him. For to us God revealed them through the Spirit…For those who are according…to the Spirit (set their minds on) the things of the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:12,9-10; Romans 8:5).
May it be, Lord, may it be.
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