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…I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you 
on the palms of my hands…

– Isaiah 49:15b-16a

Did you ever have a crush on someone and write their name all over your notebook in grade school? Or worse, in permanent marker on public bathroom walls? Why did you want to do that? Maybe so everyone who looked would know! The secret was OUT! You were in LOVE!

Tattoos seem to be all the rage these days. People get them for a variety of reasons. I don’t know about *them*, but pain is not *my* thing–not intentional pain–no way. I can’t imagine going and having someone engrave with a needle on my back, ankle, wrist, a design proclaiming my love or devotion “Heidi loves Bob.” No way. Yes, I love my husband, but there are certain boundaries I must draw. Intentional pain is one of them. I bore the dear man children–that was enough of a sacrifice of love! 🙂

But God has engraved you on the palms of His hands. He wants all the world to know! The secret is out. He is in LOVE! The object of that love is YOU!

I remember as a kid when I was madly “in love” with someone and had written it all over everything. It was so humiliating when the object of my affection made it clear to anyone and everyone that mine was an unrequited love. It was so embarrassing. It made me want to hide. It produced so much shame…

I wonder if I do that to God? He has engraved me on his hands for all the world and heavenly realms to see. Do I mock His love for me? Is His lavish love for me unrequited? Does Satan laugh at God because of me?

I look to His hands and see that the engravings on his palms are the shape and size of nail scars. I realize that the pain He went to knows no end—no limit. His love knows no boundary.