He cracks the pavement…

“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.

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  1. says

    Being drawn by God by grace was one of the most powerful truths I received in the past few years. I hung between legalism and grace, feeling as though “I” was responsible for my faith, my growth, and even my salvation. I love in Romans 4:17 where God “calls into being that which does not exist.” And in Matt. 16:17, where Jesus tells Simon Peter that “flesh and blood [had nothing to do with his revelation of Christ, but “My Father in heaven” revealed it to him. Grace calls us, and Grace leads us home. Great post, Stephanie. Thank you.

  2. says

    Could you hear me shoutin’ “GLORY!” all the way out there in Texas after I read this one, Steph? You know, I’ve had a lot of dreams I’ve followed through on in the past ten years that have been kind of big. I’m think I’m going to shoot small this time around. I want to be just like that tiny little plant, girl! Thanks, as always, for sharing. 🙂

  3. Judy says

    This is truth! I have just come to a place where I feel I can breathe in my empty nest. I praise God for pulling me up through the heavy sadness that was over me.

  4. Stephanie says

    JUST when I needed this.. as always. It still amazes me, but it shouldnt. Our God is so amazing! My little sister (13 years difference) is having a very hard pregnancy. Just when we thought the worst was over her water broke just shy of 21 weeks. This is her 3rd pregnancy since the birth of her daughter 2 years ago. The Dr. gave us NO hope last week.. she said little Noelle would not survive. Well.. a week later here we are. Noelle is strong and is doing well and my sister is as well. We are waiting on the Lord for his plan for Noelle, but know that no matter what happens he will give us the strength to get through this storm. Noelle has already touched and amazed so many people. The Dr said that she isnt in charge anymore.. God is. SO we wait. If you anyone would like to join our family in prayer or know more about my sister her blog is at

      • Stephanie says

        Thanks Stephanie. We appreciate the prayers. I also know that in the days, weeks and months ahead, all eyes will be on us and how we, as Christians, handle this situation. I know that there are many joining us in prayer and others that arent certain about this “God” stuff and some that dont believe at all. I know that how we react to this is going to be an influence on at least one person if not many. We need to be an example to them. Its so ironic that our “family” Bible verse has always been Isaiah 40 28-31 and in the last few days it has come up in many different ways. God is so faithful and has gotten us so far. This is a huge growth opportunity for not only our faith, but others as well. Again.. thanks for your prayers. They mean EVERYTHING to us.

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