Friday, April 10, 2020

Be Pruned

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. • John 15:2

Pruning is one of the things I dislike most about caring for plants. I don't like hacking away at vines and branches, even if I know they are hindering growth. And don't get me started on flowering plants. I utterly despise deadheading. Seeing those blooms drop to the ground, even if they're looking brown and sad, is terrible for me.

Pruning feels mean; uncomfortable. The plant always looks bare and awkward. With every snip and every cut, I feel like apologizing. But I know it will help. In time, this will pay off.

Soon enough -- the leaves get a little spring in their step. They stand a bit taller. They grow bigger and more full. The flowers begin blooming again, in multiples more plentiful than what I cut off. All the discomfort the plant experienced seems to fade as new growth comes in, making it healthier than ever.

Pruning. A necessary discomfort that always pays off.

That's what God does to us. He makes us uncomfortable. He cuts things out of our lives. He changes our scenery and makes us feel awkward for awhile, a little sad. But if we lean into what He's doing, trust the process, and pray for strength to go with whatever He's doing, we will always reap the benefits. Always.

Friends, I pray that you feel pruned. 🍊
I pray that you feel more fruitful with every choice you make, every action you take, everything that you've been through.
I pray that your decisions are Holy Spirit led, bringing you a sense of joy and accomplishment as the results of His work unfold.
I pray that the Lord is cutting away every branch that isn't helping you to bear fruit in this life.
And I pray that you have the strength to go with it and trust God through all the adversity and discomfort. 🦋

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