“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
Colonial Williamsburg is known not only for being a seat of national history but also for its spectacular gardens. Walking among them awakens the senses and inspires those who enjoy creativity in gardening. However, the pruning season in the fall is not the best time to view the gardens. The process looks brutal; the loveliness is destroyed.
Jesus describes His Father as the Gardener, cutting away branches that are unfruitful for those abiding in the Vine. Have you experienced His painful pruning? It is easy in our goal-oriented society to fill our lives with much that is good while crowding out what is best. Life becomes chaotic, confusing, and disappointing. It is His faithfulness alone that comes to rescue from the tyranny of the urgent.
His pruning is an act of love, meant to bring quietness to the soul and greater purpose to life. It may hurt now, but He will make you more fruitful later. Perhaps most of all, this agony in your life is His call to submit to Him while He pours on the oil of His love.
“He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love.” (Zephaniah 3:17)