I got out my pruning shears the other day to take care of trimming back and cutting off dead branches from my pygmy date palm. This is not a favorite thing to do as I’m looking over my red pricked hands. It was a painful process to say the least, not just for the trees, but for me as well. This type of palm has 2-3 inch sharp prickles.
All the branches have them, so as you reach in closer to the base of the tree to prune the branch, you easily get pricked from that branch and the surrounding branches as well. Hmmm… hindsight would suggest that I be a bit smarter next time and wear gloves.
John 15:1-2 — “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.”
I learned a valuable lesson that day, God showed me some insights that I may have otherwise missed. I realize that pruning is painful for the one being pruned, but not only that, it’s painful in a different way for the one doing the pruning as well. Consider it this way, pruning as correction and giving direction. So we correct our children in the way they should go and as a parent it hurts us when we cause our child pain, but yet we know it’s a necessary discipline because it’s how we instruct them so they can understand the way and direction they should go.
Just like a tree needs pruning and our children need correction, so do we as God’s children need pruning and correction. It’s a growth process and it’s because of Christ’s love for us that He causes to go through these times and lessons. When we’re in the midst of the pruning process it certainly is not fun, but hindsight shows us clearly the reasoning behind the pain.
Pruning is necessary because God is cutting away everything that is unwanted and unnecessary to allow for more fruitful growth. It causes deeper and broader roots and because of these deeper and broader roots the fruit will be better in quality and quantity. So be glad for the pruning process, because He’s preparing you…
What has God been showing you?