Sunday, November 8, 2020

Pruning Season

 I was cutting back my favorite rose bush next to my house the other day. I always seek counsel from my dad about what and when to do things with anything yard related. He’s an expert👌. Sometimes he will just send me a text. “It’s time to cut those bushes back.” “It’s time to fertilize.” I have not done any work in my flower beds for months due to my high allergy response, but also, I love to look at my flowers 😭🌺. They give me joy. As I was cutting branches off, hating every minute, but knowing it would produce “good fruit” or in this case, a healthy blooming bush in the spring, I started to think about how God does this to us. He prunes us. He has to cut things out of our life sometimes, or even cut people out of our life. Attachments. Things we cling to more tightly than Him. And I know He hates to have to do it, because He loves us. But He wants us to be the best version of ourselves, and sometimes there are things in our life that hold us back. Or sometimes, removing something for a little while, will make us even more beautiful and fully bloomed “in the spring” in the future, when we have learned to cling to Him completely. It doesn’t feel or look fun at the time of pruning. But everything He does, is good. And has a purpose. 

“Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that *does* bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear *more* fruit.” 

John 15:2 

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