“A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice” Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)
“Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)
Weariness comes with the battles we face in life, be they physical, emotional, or spiritual. Hardships, loss, change, illness, and the testings of our faith are not intended to break us. Isaiah 42:3 describes Jesus as a reed that was bruised but not broken. We too will share in the sufferings of Christ, an honor if viewed through spiritual eyes. Our heavenly Father allows us to face hardships, not to break us but to strengthen us in our Christian walk.
If you have ever grown vegetables from seed, you know there is a process in getting seedlings ready for the hardships found in the great outdoors. Caring gardeners will start their seeds indoors four to six weeks BEFORE the weather is suitable for outdoor planting. Dear Mother Nature is very unpredictable! If she is caught up in her own spring-cleaning and running behind schedule, she might send her friend Jack Frost to dance around newly planted vegetables as late as the first of June (in Colorado).
Frost will kill tender plants so they are introduced to cooler climates slowly. Our Master Gardener does the same for us when bitter cold storms come our way. It is the previous trial you faced that has prepared you for the one you are walking through right now! He is faithful to equip us for every situation.
Another thing gardeners do is to set young plants out on windy days. The wind strengthen the stalk of the plant and helps to make it hardier, which will help when it comes time to flower and bear fruit. The struggle in the wind is really a blessing in the long run.
Do you feel like a smoldering wick, already blown out by the winds? If indeed you have a faith in God, and believe His Son Jesus died for your sins, there is hope in reigniting your candle. You are smoldering but not out completely. You have been tested beyond WHAT YOU THINK is your ability to master. Therefore, now is when you must meditate on what Jesus suffered when he faced the cross.
God’s plan for His Son was a physically, emotionally, and spiritually demanding task. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed to His Father, asking that if there were any other way to fulfill His plan, His cup would be taken from Him. There was no other way and so, Jesus obediently faced His accusers.
When you consider what Jesus did for mankind, it may encourage you to take another step down the road you are traveling. Indeed, The lessons you learn from pain will always make you stronger. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Is. 40:29)
God knows that this life has trouble and that you will become weary. He calls out to you in Matthew 11:28 encouraging you to come into His arms and allow Him to give you rest. You can gain this rest by letting go of your worries. Decide to cast them aside. He will take care of the details.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)