We see, therefore, that the condition of those with whom he was to deal was that they were bruised reeds and smoking flax; not trees, but reeds; and not whole, but bruised reeds. The church is compared to weak things: to a dove amongst the fowls; to a vine amongst the plants; to sheep amongst the beasts; to a woman, which is the weaker vessel.
-- p. 3, The Bruised Reeds by Richard Sibbes
Oh, how He knows what it is like to be bruised, yet, He is able and willing to carry us through! Oh, how comforting it is to know my strong Lord is dealing so gently with me!