Reeds are tall grass-like plants that typically grow in wet places. They have long, flat, broad leaves with hollow stems.
Why am a talking about reeds? In the book of Isaiah, the prophet talks about the One who is to come, the Servant of the Lord, namely, Jesus. Isaiah describes how the servant Jesus will treat people. “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth” (Isaiah 42:3).
The “bruised reed” represents poor, hurting, and needy people. Bible scholars explain that “not break” is an understatement and that the author is emphasizing the positive equivalent. Not only will Jesus “not break” them, but He will “mend” or “restore.”
A hollow reed stem can be easily bent and bruised, becoming injured and weak. Likewise, the world is full of “bruised” people. The good news is Jesus came to mend broken lives and to bring healing and restoration to those who are wounded physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Another verse in Isaiah says, “[T]he LORD binds up the bruise of His people” (30:26), a beautiful image of our Savior administering first aid, spreading healing balm and placing bandages on our hurting souls or hearts.
When we feel we are ready to break, remember that Jesus cares. He has mercy and compassion and is always ready to help us in our time of need. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).