With the clipping shears in hand, I headed to the backyard on a mission. Last year, my roses bushes did not produce the growth and flowers that they usually do. I knew this year, I needed to do some pruning.
Have you ever felt like a rose bush?
You feel like you are starting to grow, and then everything is trimmed back. Maybe you are feeling pruned relationally. Perhaps you feel cut back financially. Or maybe physically, you feel snipped and cropped.
Friend, I know I have felt this way before. The cutting back can feel harsh and even unkind. It may even feel like it is stunting our growth.
What if the pruning process is not stopping our growth but stimulating new growth.
Like the rose bush, the trimming is actually an important part of its growth. The thinning of the plant increases new growth.
Is there an area in your life that God is pruning back? What if we could shift our perspective on this cutting back process?
In John 15: 1-2, Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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.”
The pruning is to make us more fruitful!
God is not pruning us to be mean, but to incite growth. He wants us to become the best version of ourselves and sometimes that means cutting back dead branches and pruning back healthy ones.
So, what is our job in the middle of this trimming?
Our job in the pruning process is to stay rooted and connected with God.
It is easy to get discouraged and question where is God, but I want to encourage you to remember that God only prunes the healthy branches, the ones where He sees potential for more fruit!
Friend, God sees potential in You! He knows that each clip and snip will increase new growth in you.
Remember the goal of pruning is to increase fruitfulness and growth.
Next time, it feels like God has grabbed the clipping shears, let’s not forget that pruning promotes growth! He is shaping you into a Masterpiece!