Seek First Project: Tender Shoot, Fear Not (Day 38)

That is why their people have so little power and are so frightened and confused. They are as weak as grass, as easily trampled as tender green shoots. They are like grass sprouting on a housetop, scorched before it can grow lush and tall. – 2 Kings 19:26

This describes us so perfectly, doesn’t it?

We have so little power. We’re so frightened and confused. We are weak as grass, and as easily trampled as tender shoots. We try to sprout, but the scorching overtakes us.

Is it any wonder that we struggle so with fear and anxiety? Is it any shock that we worry so easily? That discouragement seems a constant companion?

There’s someone else who knows how this feels.

My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. – Isaiah 53:2

Jesus knows. He knows what it feels like to have so little power. To be frightened and confused. To be weak as grass and easily trampled. Our Lord knows how the scorching feels.

Because though He is God, He was also a man.

He will not crush the weakest reed
    or put out a flickering candle.
    He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. – Isaiah 42:3

We are not alone, Dear Ones. Sometimes a great and wonderful change can happen in our hearts when we hear someone say, “Me, too.”

And that’s why God said it.

Today I am journaling about a situation that makes me feel like that tender shoot, so easily trampled and scorching in the sun. I’m writing it all out in a letter to Jesus, who can understand and cares so much. He knows what this feels like.

Then, I am finding passages in the gospel that show me a time when Jesus probably felt like I do right now. I’m writing those in my journal, too.

It feels so good to hear, “Me, too.”


God, You are amazing. That You would allow Your Son to leave heaven and come down to take on all this frailty, all this pain… it just astounds me. I could never thank You enough. In Your Son’s Name We Pray, Amen…

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