During the Hopeless Times

baby bird

A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. Isaiah 42:3

Have you ever seen a baby bird - newly hatched and nearly featherless - that has fallen from its nest?  Have you ever experienced that helpless feeling, knowing there is probably little you can do to save the poor thing?

I can remember times when I've wanted to try to do all I could to rescue that poor little one.  Do I try to get it back to its nest? Do I try to see if I can mother it?  Do I just walk away?

I know how helpless I have felt - and sad.

Have you ever felt like that little hatchling?

Helpless, seemingly hopeless?  

I am so thankful, that in times like these, we have a compassionate God.

While this verse does not refer to a baby bird at all - it does talk about bruised reeds and dimly burning wicks.

Again, vivid word pictures.

And both seem to be in pretty hopeless conditions.

But God promises that the reed will not be broken by Him.  He will not snuff out that smoldering wick.

And just as tenderly, He will pick us up - much like that fallen little nestling - and place us back where we belong - with Him.

I've been overwhelmed lately, at the enormity of God's love.

Yes, at times I have felt broken.  At times I have felt close to being completely extinguished - nothing left.  But God always steps in.

The thing is, I need to be aware.  I need to be looking for the provisions He is giving me.  I don't always see them.  I don't always seek them.

And they often don't come in the form I expected.

Yet, we need to cling to His promises, as hard as that can sometimes be.

When we feel trampled down by the world, by our challenges and illnesses, when we feel as if there is nothing to keep us going ... that is when we most need Him.

And He promises to be there.

Father God, I know that some are going through horrendous times right now.  I know they may feel there is no way out.  I pray, Lord, that today they will feel the tenderness of Your love, Your all encompassing compassion for those of us who are broken and bruised.  When we have nothing left, Lord, help us to hold on to hope in You. Amen and amen.

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