So in 2006, I go my first tattoo. It was definitely a spontaneous decision the day I got it, but honestly, I had been thinking about getting one for the longest time. So I got this little ankle tattoo. Just a few musical notes, and no, the notes are not a song! Yes people have asked me if the tattoo is one of my favorite songs. Anyways, I did not even think about getting another tattoo after I got the first one done. Mainly because I just don’t think I could pull it off. Well lets fast forward to 2007. 2007 was probably one of my worst years here in Destin. Believe it or not, even though living in paradise is a dream come true, I still found a way to be completely miserable. I had a lot of stuff going on personally. Well throughout that year, I was constantly reminded of something that was spoken over my life way back in 2000.
REWIND….to January 2000. I was living in Brevard County, aka, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach area and was fully involved at East Coast Christian Center and the Youth Church that Pastor Eric and Darlene ran. I had become pretty comfortable where I was at in life. Nothing too exciting, but I had fun singing in the worship band, volunteering at the church, and working. Well we had a guest speaker at the church that was doing a mini conference, which meant that TNT (which was the youth church) would not have a normal service, but we were encouraged to be there anyway. I had to be there because I was singing in the band. Everything in me that night did not want to stay, even though the guest speaker was Andrew Wommack. Well I decided to stay after I sang. The whole pressure of knowing that I was a leader at the church kept me from leaving. Little did I know that the very act of me staying has led to a lot more than just a long night of listening to someone speak. At the end of the message, Andrew asked all the youth to come up to the front to be prayed for. I walked up there and waited. Waited for my turn to be prayed for, which usually includes the laying on of hands, some tongues, some encouraging prayer, and then they move on. As I was waiting my turn, I remember hearing Andrew get to certain people and speak a word over some of the teenagers, typically something that God specifically shows a person and they share it with them. Well Andrew finally go to me, and he just starts praying for me then the next thing I notice is that he wasn’t moving to the next person, he was still standing in front of me. He started saying some things to me about traveling, to pack my bags, but one of the things that stuck out to me was that he said, “God just really wants you to soar.” That’s all I remember, SOAR. I couldn’t keep it out of my head. That I night, I journaled what happened. Quite a humbling experience since I was not in any mood to really stay that night. I never really forgot that word, but I put it on the back burner for a bit, then the next month, another guest speaker came to the church, Chris Hill. He did the same thing with the youth. I’m not one to not get prayer, so I went forward and he was doing the same thing with the teenagers. Praying over them and speaking a “God-word” over them. Well he got to me and stopped and started praying for me and spoke the scripture Isaiah 40:31 and mentioned the word Soar. That night, I decided I needed to look up what this word meant. This was too much of a coincidence to overlook. So I looked it up:
I was blown away. From that night on I tried to figure out what God was doing. I had no clue and it frustrated me. Months went by and then the next thing happened to me. In June of 2000, I had the opportunity of meeting Mike Pilavachi and Matt Redman from Soul Survivor. We hosted a worship conference at the church….AMAZING. Well Mike Pilavachi was speaking one morning and he mentioned one sentence about an internship program he hosted at his church in England. As soon as I heard that sentence, I KNEW that I was going to be doing that.
FAST FORWARD…to March 2001. I left for England for this internship program. One of the most amazing times of my life. I learned so much there from evangelism to speaking, to worship to prophecy. Well the day we were learning about prophecy, we all had the opportunity to operate in that gift. I do believe some are more in tune with the prophetic than others, but I do believe we can all hear from God and speak into the lives of other people. This was a day for that. I remember like it was yesterday telling my roommate that I bet someone will mention something about the word soar and left it at that. So we all had our turn to be prayed over and had the people in the room say something if they felt God was leading them to. It was my turn. Lots of anticipation. People are praying and then the one guy, one of the leaders, starting praying over me and just goes on and on and finally says….and you know, God really wants to SOAR. At that moment, I lost it. I couldn’t hold back the tears. But I still had no idea what it meant.
Ok now we have to fast forward again to October 2003. This is when I realized God was calling me to Destin. I had yet to tell my mother. Oh and when she found out, she didn’t talk to me for days! I felt really confident in this decision. Little did I know that God had all this orchestrated. Each year, East Coast themes the year. 2004, the year that I made to move to Destin, was themed “READY TO SOAR IN 2004″! Dead serious!
Fast forward to 2008….I had the itch to get another tattoo. I wanted it to be something that was super meaningful to me and I instantly came up with a design that incorporated a word and scripture that has shaped my life since 2000. The next thing was to find a location to put this baby. I wrestled with it and never got that feeling of , yup…this is what I want and where I want it. I didn’t forget about it, but just didn’t think about it anymore.
August 30, 2009….I finally did it! I inked myself another time. I love it. It’s a constant reminder to me of how faithful God is to speak to you, lead you, and guide you, and that God has a plan for each one of us and that it’s not a one time plan. It’s continuous. God has reminded me that He is not done with me. That this is only the beginning.
For those that are not too keen on tattoos, I understand. I have simply used tattoos as a way to express myself. Will I get more? Not too sure. For me, it’s not about proving that I can be super-Christian, but to walk in the freedom I have in Christ.