Posted by: Anne | June 20, 2015

a time to reap, a time to sow, a time to prune

Even a well-cultivated tree will only produce sparing fruit if left on its own. The way a gardener coaxes the most fruit out of a plant is by pruning. Pruning is a process of cutting back part of the plant, sometimes severely, to allow the plant to focus its nutrients in fewer places. Our master gardener does the same thing.

“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

Let’s consider the process from the perspective of the vine. How does a vine feel when being pruned?

“AHH.” The first feeling of the vine is a sense of relief. Pruning removes the dead wood that can breed disease and insects, and makes the vine lighter and more attractive.

“OUCH!” The next step in pruning is to cut back the living vine so it will not waste its nutrients and moisture feeding vine instead of fruit. Left to itself, the vine produces all kinds of growth, but not the kind which bears fruit. The vinedresser even cuts away whole bunches of grapes as they begin to form, if he feels more are growing than the root system can support. He wants both quantity and quality, and will not sacrifice quality for quantity.

God knows what He is doing.

When you DO experience this pruning, take it as a sign that God is indeed caring for you and “taking an active role in your growth.” That should be extremely encouraging! Do not let the enemy whisper lies in your ear about failure. Thank God that He is working in you!

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