When It's Pruning Time

Life is difficult. How do you handle it when you find loss after loss, uncertainty after uncertainty?  What if the word "wait" meets you at every turn? Can God take those times - and bring forth fruit - from you?

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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

If you've been reading my posts for any amount of time, you will have come to the conclusion (and rightly so) that I dislike waiting.

Yet, I seem to often find myself in situations where I am being forced to wait.

We still don't know how the finances for our family will play out since my husband died as there are problems with his will.

Social security? (My husband was on disability.)

I called today and it will be two or three weeks before they can make any kind of determination as our situation is "complex."

God must know how much I need to work on the "wait" thing.

He knows that I don't do it all that well.

But, I'm learning!

My waiting looks different now than it did before.  Yes, I'd wait.  But I'd wait impatiently.  I was still holding on to the outcome - looking for the results at every turn.  My waiting had an angry tone.

This waiting has a different feel.

It's a peaceful way of waiting.

It has taken much for me to get to this place in my life.  

Have I liked the experiences?

<Insert a resounding "No!">

But I have to admit, I'm liking closeness that I feel to God.

We all wait on so many things with our challenges.  Waiting itself becomes part of that challenge unless we learn to let go, let go of trying to control the timing and the outcome.  

Why add to our challenges?

Maybe a large part of this life is simply about learning.  Understanding when the pruning process is happening.  

Impatience?

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Not appreciating those around me?

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And as He prunes - it gets better.

I know, this is an odd thing to say for a woman who is grieving over the death of her husband.

But it's getting better.

I'm getting better.

I know God is pruning me for a reason, not randomly snipping off parts of my life for no reason.

He knows I can still bear fruit.

No, He knows I can bear more fruit.

Are you in the pruning season?

Take heart.

Yes, it hurts.  Oh boy, can it hurt!

But, as God prunes away the things that constrict us, at some point you find the room to breathe easier.  Weights are taken away.  You find a different kind of freedom.

We find we have room to grow.

And as we grow, we find we have more room for God.

So, today, if you find yourself wanting to feel closer to God, maybe you need to look closely at what is in the way.  What is keeping you from growing?  And -

are you willing to let it go?

Father God, some of our life lessons are so incredibly difficult.  I pray that, as we traverse through them, we will see more and more of You working in our lives for the good that only You can bring from pain.  Amen and amen.

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