Codes

Psalm 119:130: “The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.” (NIV)

John 18:20: “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus answered him. “I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple complex, where all the Jews congregate, and I haven’t spoken anything in secret. (HCSB)

As I’m sipping my coffee this morning, I am smiling over the confusion but still a little baffled by what happened. My husband and I have been married almost forty years, and like most married couples, we have our own code language. For example, we have a code for what it really means when we suggest going out to eat. We have a couple of local restaurants that are “just don’t feel like cooking; lets go out” places. One is bar-b-que and one is pizza – neither fancy. If we are dirty and sweaty from working in the yard or something like that, we will take showers and put on some clean jeans and shirts, but usually its just “go as you are.” They definitely do not mean hair and make-up done and nice clothes. When these are our destination, the code is “Let’s just grab something for supper tonight.” Then there’s “Let’s go out to dinner tonight.” I know that translates into somewhere nice; somewhere worth time spent on hair and make-up; somewhere that involves steak or seafood or both! Yesterday as he was leaving for work, my husband said “Let’s go out for dinner tonight.” I’ve played this game before and therefore I am confident that I have the necessary clues to solve the riddle of what destination he has in mind, so that afternoon I start – shower with the good smelling stuff, hair and make-up done, nice clothes – and I am ready when he gets home. I have even gone over menu choices in my head! I rush out to the car, we leave the driveway,………… and he turns toward the pizza place. Wait…….what?!?! I am trying to figure out where I missed the clues and even bring up a few hints about “going out to dinner” vs “grab some supper”. The hints miss the target, and I end up upgrading to pasta over pizza but no steak or seafood in sight. Sometimes, codes don’t work. Sometimes hints fall flat. Thank You Lord that Your word is not a guessing game. Thank You for making Your word understandable and not a series of riddles with hints and clues. In John 18:20, Jesus said that He said nothing in secret. Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” and Psalm 119: 130 says “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Thank You Lord for speaking to Your children in a way that is understandable to the highest and the lowest, to both kings and commoners. Thank You, Lord for giving me the light of Your word.
pasta

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