In Ghana, adinkra—or traditional visual symbols—can be found almost everywhere. They can be seen throughout the country on fabrics and pottery and wood carvings. They represent shared beliefs with values ranging from faith to wisdom, love to leadership, and they bring the people together around common ideals and aspirations.
During my time there, I was drawn to so many of the symbols. There’s one of a moon and star that represents love, faithfulness and harmony. And another of a knot that represents peacemaking and reconciliation. But my favorite symbol was nsoromma or ‘child of the heavens.’ It’s a star with eight points and a hole the middle; it represents guardianship and is a reminder that God is our faithful father.
My spiritual journey has been one of highs and lows, at times filled with trust and confidence, and at others filled with doubt and confusion. I’m sure it’s not much unlike other journeys. My faith is one of wonder, both wonder at how much God loves us and also wonder at how messy this world is.
But when I discovered the nsoromma symbol something felt so true about it. I loved this idea that you and I are both a child of the heavens, and God will never abandon us. His forgiveness and redemption is permanent, and it’s not something that he gives and takes away.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted to have this symbol, in my life—I knew I could benefit from the daily reminder. I looked for jewelry, but couldn’t find the right thing. So I settled on something a little bit more permanent. A tattoo on the inside of my left wrist. Now every day, I have a visual reminder of God’s loyalty and I search my heart to love him in return.