The wind blew through Georgia's hair as she and her uncle paddled their canoe among the reeds that filled the marshes near her new home. She didn't feel like paddling. Her mom and dad had died in a car accident four months before and now she and her little brother were living far from home with Uncle Steve. The bayou, as Uncle Steve called it, looked like a swamp--nothing like Georgia's home in Michigan.
Georgia watched the marsh reeds bend under the force of the strong wind and muttered, "I know how you feel."
"What did you say, Georgia?" asked Uncle Steve, who had been doing more than his fair share of paddling for the last half mile.
"Oh, nothing. I was just thinking how those reeds and I have a lot in common." Georgia sighed.
"How so?" asked Uncle Steve.
"Well, they get blown around wherever the wind wants. They don't get any say in what happens to them." She sighed again. "Just like me."
"You know, Georgia, I think you are right. You do have a lot in common with these reeds. But not in the way you think. Look a little closer," urged Uncle Steve as he paddled them over to the reeds. "What do you notice?" he asked.
Georgia studied the cluster of reeds. It was true that the wind blew them around, sometimes switching directions abruptly. But no matter how hard the wind blew, the reeds just bent over and popped back up.
"They aren't breaking," observed Georgia. "As soon as the wind stops they straighten back up again. But that's not like me at all. I feel like I'll never pop back up."
Uncle Steve stopped paddling and Georgia turned to look at him. He said, "There's a verse in Isaiah that says, A bruised reed he will not break.' Georgia, no matter how much the hardships of this life may bend you, you can hang onto the promise that God will never let you break. Someday you will pop back up--just like these reeds."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you going through a hard time right now? Do you feel like a reed getting bent over? Remember God’s promise to you—He will not let you break because of His great love for you. Put your trust and faith in Him and He will save you no matter how hard the winds may blow.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Isaiah 42:3 (KJV)
A bruised reed He will not break . . . He will bring forth justice for truth.
*Verse displayed is NKJV