“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
My feet hit the pavement tonight to the tune of Brandon Heath’s “Jesus in Disguise”. It’s one of my favorite songs. I’m enthralled with the idea of seeing Jesus everywhere I go. While singing a rather breathy version of the song I traipsed past a small plant sprouting from a crack in the pavement. Normally, I wouldn’t think much of this, but the timing was perfect. The plant was Jesus in disguise.
My mind was captivated for the rest of the run. What could be powerful enough to call forth a plant buried beneath cement? At first I thought about how strong that little plant must have been. To decide that it would bust right through the concrete. It must have mighty strength. Mighty strength – or could it be something else?
We are quick to think that by our own strength we have found the Lord. That we have sought Him of our own accord. Maybe even that by our own strength we have been able to burst through difficult life circumstances. But it’s not by our own strength or even our own desire that we have come to the Lord. We know the Lord because just like a plant is called towards the sun, God has called us by name.
You may feel buried underneath the weight of life. Concrete barriers are blocking the light. You’ve tried and tried to break through the bondage, but you aren’t strong enough. The layers form quicker than you can push past.
There is One greater.
Greater than the thickest cement block. Greater than the heaviest circumstance, or strongest storm. His strength is enough to pull you from the wreckage and into His light.
It’s not the plant’s mighty strength that makes it grow. It doesn’t have the power to bust though the pavement. Something greater calls it forth – the sun.
Someone greater calls you forth – His name is Jesus – the Son. He cracks the pavement of your heart so that you can breathe.
He calls you in your weakness, loving and wooing you to burst forth not by your own strength – but by His. His awesome power, mighty strength, and chain shattering truth is the one and only thing that can set you free.
Do you hear Him?
Even if you are surrounded by darkness…
Even if you crushed under the weight…
Even if you find yourself chained to the wall…
Even afraid to lift your head out of the gutter…
He is calling you…
He will pull you through the pavement. Do you want to be free? Look to Him. All power on heaven and earth is His. He calls you by your name. He calls you redeemed. In Him, you are free.