Full? No, Very Full!

15 11 2014

As I boarded the plane, the flight attendant, in her efforts to encourage passengers to be frugal with the overhead storage space, announced over the intercom that the flight was going to be “very full.” This led me to wonder, what’s the difference between full and very full? To be full is to be at maximum capacity. To add the adjective “very” would imply beyond capacity. If an airplane is full that means that every seat is occupied. So, if it is very full does that mean there will be passengers standing in the aisles? Will the plane take off with passengers sitting on the toilets?


Using that logic, nothing can be very full. A vessel can only hold so much. To add more than the vessel’s capacity would cause the vessel to overflow. So “very full” is an impossible concept. Hold the phone, Captain Gertz—with God, nothing is impossible. Jesus, Who is God, fed thousands of people with just two fish and five loaves of bread. You can only get so many fish sandwiches out of five loaves of bread and a couple of fish, but somehow Jesus managed to satisfy everyone’s appetite and still have several basketsful left over. God, the Creator of all things, pours his boundless love onto us like waves lapping against the shore…it just keeps coming.


His love is immeasurable and unfailing. Those are concepts we don’t understand. In our world everything has limits; infinity is hard for us to grasp. Regardless of where we are in our lives, God is with us, pouring out His love in ways we cannot fathom. Whether we are at the top of the mountain or in the lowest valley, God is there to rejoice with us or to lift us up. His love stretches to the farthest corners of the universe.

A very full  cup

A very full cup


The Psalmist says in the twenty-third Psalm at verse five, “My cup runneth over.” This is saying that you cannot have a cup big enough to hold all the blessings that shower down from God. You and I have had more blessings than we can possibly count. Our cup is always very full.

“18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19




2 responses

15 11 2014
Jackie Garner

Love the thoughts and the picture

16 11 2014
Bill Taylor

Yes, isn’t it great how God speaks to us? He even led me to the picture.

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