“A bruised reed He
will not break” -Isaiah 42:3.
A young boy walking along
a country road pulled up some reeds in a ditch to make a whistle. He picked out a
straight one, clipped the ends, made a notch and
several holes in the stalk, and blew into it. But no music! He clipped and whittled some more, but still no music. Finally in
frustration, he snapped the reed in two and threw it back into the ditch.
There are many bruised
reeds in the body of Christ people — who have been hurt in life’s fray. The Lord wants to bring music into their lives, and to do this He
must fashion and shape them. He will never do what that boy did with his reed,
however. He does not give
up on His own and cast them aside.
He keeps working with them. He knows just how much they can take
— how much cutting and fashioning they
require. He is patient and gentle.
That’s what Isaiah was portraying to Israel when he said,
“A bruised reed He will
Thinking of how
compassionate the Lord has been in dealing with me,
I'm ashamed of my
especially when words of kindness and a loving hand might have
awakened a melody in a broken heart.
Many people are like
bruised reeds. May we, with Chris-like
love, treat them with
the Father works!
gentle is His touch!
not cause us needLess
us bear too
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