For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@gennean), you might have noticed that I got my first tattoo a few weeks ago, and I absolutely love it. It is the Hebrew word ruach, which means breath or spirit. The reason why I got this word tattooed on my wrist is best explained by looking into the book of Ezekiel.
"The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "Sovereign LORD, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you and you will come to life... Then you will know that I am the LORD.'" So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'" So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet - a vast army."Ezekiel 37:1-10
I was once a pile of dry bones. Lifeless. Purposeless. Dead. And yet God has breathed His life and Spirit into me. I often find myself referring back to this passage of Scripture, asking God to once again breathe his ruach back into these dry bones. I love that His Spirit is what is inside of us, giving us all life and breath, and without it we would just be a pile of dry bones. So that's why I got this tattoo: as a daily reminder that I am nothing without His breath - His Spirit - inside of me. That He alone has given me purpose, and life through His ruach.