My family enjoyed a full day of rides and attractions at a local theme park on Saturday.  My second born turned ten, and chose the park as the destination to celebrate his birthday.  As we huddled our family at the stroller rentals, I noticed a woman writing on her little girls’ arms the following,

“If I get lost, please call my mom at…”

and a phone number.  I’ve never seen it done quite that way, but I noticed she wrote in Sharpie…that  cautious mother wrote a message that won’t come off for days.

My mother-in-law commented to the mom that she thought writing out that information was a great idea.  She responded that it worked great last year, as her little one wandered away from the family.  Hopefully the message will wear off before her Senior prom.

And it will.

As I watched that protective parent write the precautionary message, I immediately thought about God marking His children.  In Revelation 22 we find the following:

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

I imagine God personally writes His name on every Believer, possibly using the same finger with which He etched the Ten Commandments into stone.

His name on our foreheads confirms our personal relationship with Him.  Though the Sharpie writes in stubborn black ink, over time that message will fade.  A name written by the very hand of God lasts forever.  When He signs us, it’s because He’s

…sealed us

…. and delivered us.

And for all eternity the Name never fades…

God’s not signing us for fear of losing us…but it’s His indelible mark of love.  And no matter what the world says, God’s permanent ink is better than a Sharpie!