When It’s Pruning Time

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Since I don’t have a lot of energy for many other activities, and I’m really tired of playing games on my iPad, I decided to put renewed effort into memorizing Scripture in my ScriptureTyper app.

I’m working on Romans 8 (still!) and have started learning John 15. Two of those verses jumped out at me yesterday and I’ve been pondering how they fit together.

The first:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

I know sometimes people thing that means God will only bring good things into our lives, and are dismayed when a crisis hits.  Sometimes they feel God is punishing them - or worse, that He doesn’t exist at all.

The second verse is from John 15 - and it is Jesus speaking:

"Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, He takes away.  And every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2

As a follower of Christ - I can be assured that I’ve been called by God for His purpose.  Not mine.  I know my plans can be very self serving.

And, part of my calling seems to be the pruning part.

Know what?  (I bet you already do …)

It hurts.

My twisted sense of humor came to the fore when I looked down to the now flattened area where my left breast used to me and I thought … “Well, I know I was due for a pruning … but this???”  And giggled.

I see these two verses working hand in hand in my life.  I know that God does indeed cause all things to work together for good.  It may not be the good I have in mind.  It may not even be good that I am aware of.

And for that pruning thing?

I smile at my oh-so-literal interpretation of that verse and take it to mean that my current “pruning” will enable me to bear more fruit for Him than if it hadn’t happened.  

You see, as God has pruned my body (if you will), so He is pruning my mind and spirit.  This event has changed me far more than physically.  It is almost as if He has given me new eyes to see with.

No, I don’t understand exactly how or what He will do in my life from here on out - but I can be assured that it will bring forth good - and that the pruning is precise and personal - helping get rid of the things in me that He knows hinder me, for whatever reason.

The neat thing?

You can have that same assurance.  What you are going through right now may be painful and difficult to understand.  You may question why it’s all happening.  Yet, we can safely put all of our circumstances in His hands, knowing that the end result will be the good He intends.

Amen … and amen.

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