Last week (or the week before), I showed you an image of what my next tattoo is going to be. Although the symbolism will be immediately recognizable to people in most mainstream Christian denominations, perhaps not everyone would get the specific scriptural reference because I don't plan to add the text. It's going to be sort of an inside thing to those who already habla. Further, it might spark some curiosity in someone who DOESN'T habla... which sets me up for a moment of welcome evangelism (don't be afraid of the word evangelism, friends, I'm not going to his you with a Bible or attempt to heal you in the streets).
Anyway, that post sparked an exchange of email with my Canadian e-brother Mick, who challenged me to tell him the scriptural reference without Googling it. I had to confess that I wasn't sure (ok... I just didn't know!), so Mick schooled me up and let me know that the reference is from the prophet Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 8: "The grass withereth, the flowers fadeth away, but the word of the lord endureth forever".
Fast forward to this morning... about 30 minutes ago, while I was working out (my arms, especially the biceps will hurt tomorrow), I was trying to think of something to blog about, since my life is so exciting these days, and I just have too much to tell you all about (yeah, right), I thought I might do some Haiku-ing, as it has been a while since I did any.
When I got back to my desk and logged onto the system, my sketch for the tattoo artist was squarely in my vision on my cubicle wall, so I decided to reduce Isaiah 40:8 into the traditional 5-7-5 syllable formula for a Haiku, without losing it's meaning.
Here it is:
Life-giving grass dies
Lovely flowers fade away
God's word lives always