By Rob Campbell
â€œDonâ€™t Wait on the Brickâ€
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and spun the Jag back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. He jumped out of the car, grabbed some kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, â€œWhat was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!!” Building up a head of steam he went on. “That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?!!” “Please, mister, please. I’m sorry, I didn’t know what else to do!” pleaded the youngster. â€œI threw the brick because no one else would stop…”
Tears were dripping down the boys chin as he pointed around the parked car. “It’s my brother,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.” Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.” Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.
He lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay. “Thank you and God bless you,” the grateful child said to him.
The man then watched the little boy push his brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long walk back for the man to his Jaguar….a long, slow walk. He never did repair the side door. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.
God whispers in your soul and speaks to your heart. Sometimes when you don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a “brick” at you. It’s your choice: Listen to the whisper — or wait for the brick.
â€œBe still [quit striving] and know that I am God…â€ Psalm 46:10
3 thoughts on “Don’t Wait on the Brick”
Powerful story. Tears came to my eyes while reading it. Lord, help us to listen. .
Quite touching ! Lord help us not to be like the priests and Levite who would not stop to meet a real need around them (Luke 10.32). It would be easy for us. I remember a big mistake, where i did not go to a young handicaped woman, who needed me to let my “occupations” go, and see her in the hospital, so that she can hear the gospel. i went too late to speak to her, i just spoke with no certitude she heard me (she was in the coma). Oh, Lord help me never to repeat that king of mistake again.
Indeed, the brick comes. Last week I chose to not ask in the cell group if the visitors would give their lives to Jesus (5 people), due to time frame. After the birthday cake, heard that a visiting lady would have a cancer surgery next week. Oh, I felt so burdened (of course, my wife wouldn’t let it go, either). Had to pray for forgiveness for the missed opportunity. Called the family up and the Lord was merciful: could go visit her at home. After the 4 Spiritual Laws, all family members received Jesus (divorced mother with 3 kids, mid- twenties). Learned the lesson: not my time, but His.