“Sorry to hear about your W53.21XA. What were you doing messing with a squirrel anyway?”
Perhaps you have heard about the new coding system required by the health care law. The codes health care providers use to describe the patient’s diagnosis have jumped from 14, 000 to 68,000. One doctor said the code book looked like the Philadelphia phone directory. A W53.21XA, by the way, is “bit by a squirrel.” Imagine if we started using these codes in everyday talk.
“Haven’t seen you for a while. Where have you been?”
“Oh, I just got out of the hospital.”
“Really? What happened?”
“What? I didn’t know you were an astronaut!”
“I’m not. Actually I was coming out of the coffee shop when I was blindsided by this dude who wasn’t looking where he was going. They couldn’t find a code for a coffee shop accident. We figured that since the guy who knocked me down was pretty spaced out, he qualified as a spacecraft. And since I didn’t find out his name, presto, W95.40XA, ‘unspecific spacecraft accident.'”
“Oh, I see.”
I am not at all sure that these codes will help us ‘see.’ Codes by nature are not designed to help us see. Indeed, they are sometimes designed to do the opposite. They hide things. Pictures, on the other hand, are especially designed to help us see.
‘Revelation’ means unveiling. The book of Revelation is not a code book but a picture book. God wants us to see. Consider this picture. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
It is a word picture, but what a word picture it is! I remember the hand fans in the hymnal racks at the church of my childhood. With no AC and windows wide open, those fans were the first line of defense against gnats on a summer Sunday morning. On each fan was a picture and the one picture I remember most was of Christ standing at the door knocking. As often as I picked up that fan, he was still there, still knocking, still waiting for an answer.
That one picture is so crammed with outstanding theology, with such splendid glory, and with truly amazing grace, that it takes an entire Bible to explain it!
So, before your neighbor has a W53.21XA which gets infected, or worse, out of the blue, he experiences a W95.40XA and leaves us altogether, pray that he experiences a rev.3.20 and opens the door.
Anything we do to make that happen will have benefits out of this world.
What a Savior!