Coming up short

The long and short of it by bobmendo
The long and short of it, a photo by bobmendo on Flickr.

The Super Bowl was a bit of a bust, as far as a competitive contest goes. The Seattle Seahawks were dominant from the beginning, never looking back, and trouncing the Denver Broncos 43-8 in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Denver Broncos came up short. Way short. And it may have been Peyton Manning's worst defeat in like forever.

The quarterback for the Seahawks is Russell Wilson, an unlikely hero for his stature. He's 5'11" short and was drafted #75 overall in the 2012 draft.

Not a single quarterback under 6’0” has been drafted in the first two rounds since the 5’10” Ted Marchibroda went No. 5 overall to Pittsburgh in 1953. The average height of the 2014 quarterbacks is 74.6 inches, or just over 6’2”.

Short is not a good commodity in NFL quarterbacks to be sure. But Wilson did great in the Seahawks victory.

But wait, Bruno Mars was the celebrity performer at the halftime show of SuperBowl XLVII (48). He's only 5'5" short, too! Maybe that's why he wears his hair so tall. See


There was nothing little about his performance as Bruno wrote the songs, which he then drummed, danced, and sang to. It was excellent! I couldn't understand a word of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom Bruno also performed, but Bruno even seemed like he did that well.

Short is not bad at all, as this photo of my friends Avi and Stuart show. Avi is a little guy who has a big heart and a bigger vision of what the Gospel can do in this wicked world.

Come to think of it, Isaiah the Jewish prophet had something to say from heaven about God and shortness. "Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear." (Chapter 59, verse 1)

God's hand is not short, although some would say He is out of touch. God's ear is strong although some would say he doesn't listen. He wants to listen; He wants to touch you and wrap His arms around you. He can find you. He can help you.

God will never come up short in His care for you. Will you trust Him even now?


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