Hope For Bruised Reeds

On an early morning myPhotoWalk, I passed by some lakeside reeds softly dancing in the gentle breeze, seemingly tender and vulnerable, reaching up to the sun.

At once, their appearance struck me as unusually beautiful and poignantly tragic. I stopped and watched the sunlight reflecting off of the browned, wheat-colored ones as they all gathered strength to bend with the next gust of wind along with their strong green brethren.

These reeds are a picture for us of how it is when we experience trials in life that so shake our soul that we are in need of kindness that is applied as a balm to our heart.

In such times, we need to take a lesson from these reeds that are bent but not broken, and reach up to the Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Isaiah, a prophet who suffered much in his life and times, teaches us about the heart of our God —

A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.
Isaiah 42:3-4

These words offer such hope for bruised reeds. We see here that God is filled with tender mercy and caring compassion for His children.

I like how the New Living Translation puts it. Read these wonderful words and drink them into your heart and soul —

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for His instruction. God, the LORD, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth.
Isaiah 42:3-5 NLT

God sees and knows all of your challenges and takes notice of any injustice, unkindness, or evil that may have crossed your path. You, dear friend, are in His sight and He is watching over you. In these words, we have such a great promise of His control and power. God makes a point in the context of these words to remind the world and us of who He is. He is Elohim, Creator of the universe, and of you and me. No human being has power to bring life to themselves. Only God weaves life in the womb, not man. We are accountable and dependent on God. He is wholly other and does not rely on anything. And most beautiful in these words is that He doesn’t crush bruised and weak reeds or put out flickering candles.

Are you that flickering candle or a weak and bruised reed?

Then, take heart, dear friend. Your Lord has something tender and gracious for you.

Draw near to Him now.

His ways are surprising and beautiful and unexpected.

J.R. Miller shows us how God’s ways are so different from the ways of the world —

Christ is building His kingdom with earth’s broken things. Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty. He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise. He can lift earth’s saddest failure up to heaven’s glory.
J.R. Miller in Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman

What will God do to bring that glorious blessedness and beauty into your life?

He knows.

Stay close to Him.

Live in His Word, especially the Psalms. Pray the words back to Him and experience the healing balm of His Word. It is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and is powerful to equip you for all He calls you to do (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

So, dear friend, look again at these tender reeds, gently moving in the wind. See how they reach up to the light of the sun.

May you reach up to the Lord today and experience His kindness and compassion for your heart and soul.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish…
Isaiah 42:3

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  • Title: Tender Reeds
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  • Description: Some lakeside reeds reaching toward the sun in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 06/24/16
  • Camera: Sony A6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, FL 70mm, ISO 250, f/4, 1/160sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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