Today I want to share with you all the story of my tattoo.

About a year ago, my mom and I decided to get tattoos together.

Okay, wait.

Let me rephrase.

About a year ago, I had previously spent 2 years trying to convince my mom to get a tattoo with me. I drew up dozens of meaningful designs, commissioned an artist to draw some designs for me (I literally kid you not), thought of several words and phrases that would be special to us…

and nothing.

My mom didn’t like ANY of them. In hindsight, I think she may have just been coming up with excuses to delay the process indefinitely.

BUT.

One day, in the Fall of 2016, a word in my devotion stood out.

Ruach.

Ruach (roo’-akh) is a Hebrew word meaning “wind” or “spirit.” In the context of the Bible ruach means “breath of life.” It is the first word God speaks in the beginning of creation.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And Ruach Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:1-2, KJV

In this verse, Ruach Elohim literally means the Spirit of God. Ruach is the breath of life that God breathed into the earth creating light, sky, land, animals,

and us.

I’m so in love with this word, because of the meaning, yes, but also because of the memories it stirs.

When I was 13 years old, by a total blessing and miracle of God, my family went to Israel and I was baptized for the first time in the Jordan River, the place where Jesus was also baptized.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw Ruach Elohim descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16-17, KJV

No doves descended, and I didn’t look as glamorous as Jesus did coming out of the water (to be fair, I don’t think Jesus looked as glamorous as this either),

but I did feel Ruach Elohim.

As my dad and Pastor Andy lifted me from the water, I felt the Spirit of God ignite inside of me, as if He were under the surface of the river all along, waiting for me to put my face in to meet Him.

So that’s why my mom eventually agreed to getting this word as a tattoo. It serves as a permanent reminder that the Spirit of God, Ruach Elohim, is alive and breathing breaths of life inside us every moment.

It reminds us not to waste a single second being afraid of the future, because if the Spirit of God is within us, what is there to be afraid of?

It reminds us to give all praises back to Him, because every breath we breathe was given to us by Him.

It reminds us

of Ruach Elohim.

 

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