Ema (Emannual) was very hurt and confused when I met him last week at Delynn Hoover’s VidaNet training center in Cost Rica. All of the discipleship team prayed for and encouraged him as he told us his story …
Ema is a young single man who has aspirations to become a missionary to the Nations. Ema dreamed 3 times about God taking him from rough waters to calm waters. This vision was so vivid to him that he went out and tattooed the vision on his arm.
He was happy that his vision would be forever printed out so everyone would know what God had spoken.
Howbeit, a few months later a problem arose. Since Ema wanted to help other youth, he became a youth leader at a local Costa Rican church.
However, It seems the Pastor of that church was a little more traditional in his beliefs. Because the pastor didn’t approve of tattoos and didn’t understand Ema, He asked Ema to step down as youth leader.
Ema didn’t give up. He persisted because God had spoken to him. I just talked to him and he’s still helping out the youth in the same church.
I admire the fact that Ema did what he believed God told him to do, no matter what other people thought.
Besides persisting in obedience to God, what else can we learn?
Is it that we should all go out and tattoo our vision on our arms?
I don’t think so. But here’s 3 lessons we can learn from Ema s story..
- While tattoos aren’t necessarily wrong, I’m not getting one nor telling you to get one. You should pray about it before you do. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and write it on your heart. Your conscience will also bear witness before you permanently ink your body. (Rom 2:14-15)
- If God gives you a vision, Proclaim it! Write it out, large and clear, so that anyone can read it and rush to tell it to others (Hab. 2:1-3)
- You and I may not completely understand someone or their actions but don’t judge them. We’re all members of the body of Christ (I Cor 12:27) and we should always love and accept everyone …even if they have strange markings on their body!