Let me start off by saying that I had no idea what was going to happen today. So today, I am simply going to share a sweet story with you.
Today I met with my tattoo artist. No, I did not get a tattoo. He is so gifted, that he is drawing the cover for my new book. On my way there, I asked God, “what should I pray for?” God clearly told me to keep it simple. Okay, basically I was going in there to be me, and if I could bless someone I would. I have asked God daily to send me people who need blessings. So, I drove hoping to be able to bless, but I was not sure.
As I pulled up to the shop, I stopped the car and prayed one more time. I went in and told myself, speak as you feel led. Okay then, I will do just that.
There are so many people that visit tattoo shops these days that you just never know if the client getting a tattoo, and/or the person giving it is a Christian or not. I will tell you that my artist is not a Christian, but he does believe in God. He just hasn’t declared him personally, yet. I have good feelings about him, so I will pray that he will become saved.
I went back and we sat with paper and a pencil and went over the title, what I wanted, how I wanted it to look, how he wanted me to thank him in my acknowledgement section, etc. He said he felt honored to do this for me. He has such a sweet heart. While we were discussing my book cover, another client came in. I over heard her say that “tomorrow is the 5 year anniversary, so I need to do this.” Our meeting wasn’t going to be long, so that sat to wait. I had no idea what she was asking for, I just heard that part of the conversation.
We finished our conversation, book size of drawing, etc. and he said he would call me in a week to come in and see if I like what he’s done, need changes, etc. I thanked him for helping me with this. Then I said, “they are a couple, is it their 5 year anniversary?” He can’t say to much to me, but he said, “she wanted praying hands.” I smiled big. He specializes in praying hands. I didn’t know why, but I was going to talk to the next customer.
As I walked out, I said to her, “You have the best artist taking care of you. I know you will get exactly what you want.” She said, “I want praying hands. Tomorrow is the anniversary of my fathers death from cancer, and I want to do this. I want the tattoo where his scar was.” I looked at her and said, “I did a tribute to my father on my back a few years ago. Do you need a hug? ” Then, the artist opened up his book of several versions of praying hands, and she looked at one and said, “That’s it. That is what I had in my head but I didn’t know how to describe it. This is the exact same image in my head.” Then she started to cry. I asked if I could hug her. She said she was sweaty. I just said, “Hey, that’s okay, we’ve both lost our father’s and I love my tribute, and he’s going to do a great job with your tribute.” She looked at me and reached her arms out and we hugged.
My tattoo artist was off to the side talking to her husband, and I started to get bold. I said, “I don’t know if you are a Christian or not, but I just want to pray that this gives you the closure you need.” She stated that she was a believer and she shared her Trinity tattoo, and by golly, I have one too. We chuckled as we shared them. I told her that I would pray for her, and I asked her if she had a church, etc. They have just moved here, so they are looking. I gave her a piece of paper with my blog address and told her that I hoped to hear from her.
As I type this, she is receiving her praying hands, and I hope it brings her the peace that she needs and the closure that she needs. I also pray that my artist is being convicted every time he sees me, and now as he works on her. I want him to believe, and with several praying for him, it can happen. So, who knew that my ministry would be in a tattoo parlor today. However, I knew God had planned him for my book cover, and as I look to this client, we have both lost our fathers. My dad always said, “there is no coincidence, there are only God incidences.” As I look at what happened, God wanted me there for her. I am glad that I was.
You know, you never know when you are going to meet someone who just needs a blessing on there life on that day and at that moment. I told God to just let me speak where I needed to speak, and He showed me where.
Remember, if you ask for God to work through you, He will always allow that to happen.
I hope you enjoyed my story. This is what I felt led to share, and I hope you see that God’s blessings can be found everywhere.
Blessings to all!