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Hope: Why Justin Bieber, actress Ashley Benson and model Hailey Baldwin have a “G” tattoo


In his interview with theBlaze, Veach said “Hope has a name and his name is Jesus.” Photo: Prasanth Chandran/Flickr/Creative Commons

In his interview with theBlaze, Veach said “Hope has a name and his name is Jesus.” Photo: Prasanth Chandran/Flickr/Creative Commons

A remarkable article on theBlaze explains why these three stars have a “G” tattoo.

The story begins in 2010, when Pastor Chad Veach and his wife Julia discovered their four-year old daughter, Georgia, had lissencephaly — an incurable genetic disorder that affects the brain.

Instead of having the normal folds, the brain is smooth. Depending on the severity, the disease renders a person unable to speak or walk. It causes seizures, vomiting, muscle spasms and swallowing difficulty.

In an interview with theBlaze, Veach, who pastors Zoe Church in Los Angeles, California, said like any father he had hopes for his daughter. He envisioned her graduating from high school and even becoming a missionary.

He even prayed for his daughter while she was in her mother’s womb believing God would use her to impact the world.

However, that all changed as he watched this disorder slowly take control of his daughter. Veach admitted that this was the first time he understood true suffering.

But a father’s prayers and purposes of God can still be fulfilled in unusual ways.

As Veach publicly shared the heart-wrenching diagnosis of his daughters condition, he saw the impact of her story grow as people from around the world responded.

Veach realized that despite their daughter’s condition that he and his wife needed to maintain hope. He even wrote a book about their struggle with the incurable disease entitled “Unreasonable hope,” where he defines hope this way:

“Hope is unreasonable, it’s a bit audacious, it has confidence when it doesn’t deserve confidence.”

The calling he believed for his daughter was being fulfilled as only God could do it — in the midst of suffering.

After Veach preached a sermon at Hillsong church in New York, a friend came up to him and said he was going to get a “G” tattoo in honor of Georgia.

Pastor Veach and friend share their "G" tattoo in honor of "Georgia" on Instagram. Source: theBlaze/Instagram

Pastor Veach and friend share their “G” tattoo in honor of “Georgia” on Instagram. Source: theBlaze/Instagram

Veach decided he would join him and get a similar tattoo as well.

After posting the image of their tattoos on social media, the idea began to spread with three celebrities — Justin Bieber, actress Ashley Benson and model Hailey Baldwin — announcing they were getting a tattoo in honor of Georgia.

It is a powerful story of how God can fulfill His purposes despite our circumstances.

In Romans, the Apostle Paul writes:

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NASV)

When Paul said “all things,” this includes sufferings and trials. We know this was on his mind because just a few verses earlier he said the sufferings the Christians living in Rome were experiencing in no way compared to the glory we will experience in heaven (v 18).

Paul was referring to the growing persecution of Christians under the Roman emperor Nero who came to power 20 years after Christ’s crucifixion. Nero would eventually execute Paul.

Paul says this suffering will “work together” for good. It is the Greek word “sunergeo” and  means literally “partner” or “fellow worker.” God partners with you and the tragedy and suffering in your life to create good. Because it is in the active voice, it means this work is continually going on.

This in no way nullifies the pain or suffering we experienced, but does say that if we allow God to work He will bring value out of it.

It will not be wasted.

God can use our suffering to help others. God’s purpose can still be fulfilled, as He brings good out of tragedy.

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