This was not my first cervical MRI and it will likely not be my last. It is one of the joys of a pain in the neck. Today they asked me all the usual questions designed to make sure that no metal planted in my body would be pulled out by the magnetic field of the machine. The asked me to describe the symptoms I am having. They asked about my height and weight. They asked “What do you want to listen to while you are having the procedure?” Their final question is my favorite, “Are you claustrophobic?” I replied, “we’ll soon find out.”
I then explained to the tech that I had never had a serious issue with an MRI. Don’t get me wrong, they are not my favorite test in the world. It does, however, rank higher than a colonoscopy and the dreaded “bite-wing x-rays.”
While I was listening to the christian music channel I had selected, or should I say, trying to listen to the music I heard a familiar Chris Tomlin song. The song was “Indescribable.” As I pondered the indescribable nature of God I remembered the last question they asked me. Do you remember what it was? “Are you claustrophobic?”
15 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)
Jesus was not Claustrophobic. To have all the fullness of God to reside in a human form would be the ultimate test of claustrophobia. I recall the classic line from the Disney movie “Aladdin” when Aladdin gives a brief summary of life as a genie. “Ultimate cosmic power, itty-bitty living space”
As much as I felt constrained in the MRI for what amounted to about 30 minutes, as I ponder Christ who took on the constraints of human form for me I stand in awe. Next time you get a little feeling of claustrophobia, from a cubical at work, an elevator ride, packed on an airplane, or trying to figure out where to store all your “stuff” in your new smaller home, take a moment for a GodPonder.
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)
Life is too short to waste ponders on things that don’t matter – Ponder God!
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