“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”—ISAIAH 49:16 NIV
We do all sorts of things to keep reminders of our loved ones around us. Children’s handprints are memorialized in
plaster of paris or in paint. We keep letters and mementos tucked in drawers. Flowers are dried and pressed. But most often we put up pictures: on walls, on the refrigerator, on our computers, in our wallets, even on our phones.
Now think about how many times a day you look at your hands. We wear wedding rings, class rings, and mother’s rings to remind us of our connection to our loved ones in a most obvious way. When God says He has tattooed our faces on His hands, He is telling us we are never out of His thoughts. He thinks of us constantly.
The phrase “your walls are ever before me” refers to the walls of a city. In ancient times, a city without walls was vulnerable to attack. God’s keeping an eye on our walls means that He is keeping us under His protection. He never takes His eyes off us.
As humans, there is a limit to our love, our attention, our protective eyes, but God’s love is limitless. He loves us in a deep, amazing way, with an attention that never strays.