A Brick Short of a Load
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17b – 19 NIV).
A few clowns short of a circus
A few feathers short of a whole duck
One Fruit Loop shy of a full bowl
One floor short of a two-story building
A few entrées short of combination plate
A few peas short of a casserole
A sandwich short of full picnic
Only a few of the expressions we use when a person falls intellectually short. We Christians fall a brick short of a load spiritually because we fail to grasp God’s true intent to lavish us with abundant knowledge of His great love for us.
We qualify our prayers so that whatever the outcome our faith is not tested. “Lord, there’s a hole in the roof. So we’re asking for you to not let it rain on Sunday. But if it does, we’ll just thank you for the showers of blessings.”
This lesson was brought home to me when my daughter went into labor at 24 weeks. The doctor’s face belied her carefully chosen words. The prognosis was not good. Yet, I tried to be hopeful. After all, Edie was in the best neonatal unit in the country. With a sad heart, I went shopping for premature baby clothes. But I never thought to ask God for the larger miracle to stop the labor and bring this baby to full-term. As I headed toward the cash register with my selection, the Spirit convicted me. “You’re not praying in faith, My Child. If I have been there since the very first of this pregnancy, don’t you think I can do more? Your daughter’s baby won’t need these outfits. Pick out a newborn one instead.”
Ashleigh Brynne was born at 36 weeks weighing 6 lbs and 1 oz. The doctors said, “She’s perfect!”
Do we pray as if our load is short a few bricks? Or will we pray with thanksgiving knowing He has already given to us “more than we could ever hope or dream.”