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Topic: Flat (01/03/13)
TITLE: CODE BLUE
By John Huckstep
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Patients with heart conditions are monitored electronically by an EKG machine. A normal EKG would show three electronic peaks on the screen which is associated with each heartbeat.
When the heart beat stops the EKG machine registers a flat line which sets off an alarm at the nurses’ station.
A flat line represents no cardiac activity.
A patient with a flat line is no longer in a state of progress or advancement, their life has technically ended.
A flat line represents an emergency situation for the patient, unless emergency personnel can restore their heartbeat they will die.
That night I sat in my brown overstuffed easy-boy chair in deep thought.
“What are you thinking about?” My wife asked.
“Death” I coyly replied.
“Not exactly a party word.”
She took a sit realizing this conversation was going to be a little longer than she had planned.
“This morning while at the hospital I heard a code blue call over the intercom. I saw emergency personnel running to the patients’ room. I walked by the room and noticed a sea of white surrounding the patients’ bed. They were all franticly working to resuscitate the patient. Beside the bed stood the EKG machine humming the flat line sound of death.”
“That’s awful” My wife said.
“Yes, It is. However, the whole experience left me thinking about the spiritual realm. The bible says all those who don’t accept Christ are dead. Without Christ they are flat-liners and don’t even know it.”
My wife thought for a minute before she said.
“They look alive on the outside but everything on the inside is dead.”
“Exactly! They are living a code blue life and I see flat-liners all around me now. They walk by and I can sense that flat line humming sound of death. I can’t jump on them or beat on their chest to bring them back to the life of Christ. How do I reach them without preaching or sounding religious?”
“Love and compassion.” My wife said. “We must spread the message of Christ’s love and compassion to this dying world. Show them the rainbow”
“What do you mean show them the rainbow?”
“We do way too much talking and preaching about Christ and not enough showing. No matter which way you turn Christ He is like a beautiful rainbow. Show them the rainbow.”
The phone rang and my wife left me once again alone with my thoughts.
That night I fell asleep to the rhythmic drops of rain beating upon the roof top.
The next morning I jumped in the car and rushed off to work coffee in hand.
I came to a red light, glanced over to my right and there painted in the sky hung a triple rainbow of color.
I vowed right then and there to show the flat-liners of the world the beauty of Christ.
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