I first heard the word “indelible” years ago while I was watching the bonus features of The Sound of Music. Julie Andrews used it to describe some thing or another. It sounded so beautiful and I have loved it since. Then during college I wrote my column for the school newspaper and named it Indelible Traces. I hoped to bring that back for this blog but a tattoo artist in San Francisco beat me to the domain name.
Indelible Nudges, as I ended up with, may seem to some a random, meaningless name. But just as with Indelible Traces, Indelible Nudges says a lot in two little words.
Indelible means that marks have been made that cannot be removed, or it is used to describe something that can never be forgotten. This is an important word and concept for any Christian. When we are made new creations in Christ, that is forever. The work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s heart and life is indelible; God’s work can never be undone. And throughout all of this, God never will (never can) forget his children.
Nudges, on the other hand, is significantly less beautiful and was at first going to be smudges, just because I liked the way it sounded. I liked the idea behind a smudge of blurred paths and lines. Life often seems like that—blurry, smudgy, unclear—but I did not like the connotation of dirty, messy. Combine that with indelible and it sounded like I needed a decent stain remover.
So smudges was out. Nudges came compliments of my mom, who hugged me on blog-naming day and said something about an indelible nudge. (She had already heard all about smudge.) It stuck and it rhymed, much to my nerdy delight.
Nudge, unlike smudge, is a better illustration of what I want this blog to be about: a record of the leading and guiding of God in my life, the way God nudges me in certain directions to go and to do what he wills. From my perspective, the way God leads me sometimes does appear to be blurry, like smudges, but I can trust that God’s nudges will propel me in the direction he wants me to go.
When thinking about smudgy paths and nudges, I was reminded of Proverbs 3:5–6. These verses can really be seen as a three-step process that ends in straight paths: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, and acknowledge him in all your ways.Without implying that Proverbs 3:5–6 is a three-point, fix-all recipe for straight-path success, it is encouraging that total surrender to the Lord will always bring straight paths, even if or when they don’t seem straight to me.
I know that God began a good work in my life. He is faithful to complete it. And this blog is my little attempt at sharing the indelible nudges that sweep across my life with you.