Recently I was thinking about the passage in Matthew 11:7 “… What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?” Here in this verse Jesus was asking the disciples about John the Baptist. The people had been going to hear him preach about heaven, repentance, and the coming Messiah. What caught my eye was that Jesus compared him to a reed shaking in the wind. A reed that is just standing there is quite and keeps to itself. One that is moving as the wind blows it interacts with it’s environment. It comes in contact with different things and other reeds and by making such contact produces sound. A quick study on reeds turned up some interesting information about reeds. They grow in wetland areas, just as Christians need the water of His word to grow. Reeds are used in construction. Generally in poorer areas they are used to make roofs that protect the primary roof from rain. Our witness should be building people up (maturing them) and protecting (training them in sound doctrine). Pens can be made out of reeds which reminds me of writings such as this blog and my up coming book. They can be turned into arrows this speaks of our preaching that sin is still sin in the eyes of God and that we need to let this lost and dying world know their need for a Savior. Baskets can be fashioned from reeds, reminding us to carry our burdens, concerns, and problems to the Lord in prayer. And finally they are used in the production of musical instruments. This calls to our need to praise our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us. To thank Him for sending Jesus to die on the cross so that we don’t have to die and go to hell. Also in this verse Jesus used the word wind. The wind in the Bible is a type of the Holy Ghost. It is by His moving through our lives that we have fellowship with one another on a deeper level, are empowered to witness to the others and lead them to Christ, and find the strength to move along life’s road toward heaven and our Heavenly Father. If we don’t allow Him tp move us then we will be alone even though we don’t have to be alone.