“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit, John 15:1-2, ESV.
I have a friend who has beautiful, long, black and curly hair. She has been growing it out for the past several years, and this week, she cut it off. Eighteen inches of her hair, gone. She now has the cutest curly bob to go along with her already beautiful smile. Her loosed curls now frame her face and the new cut looks lively and full as the curls bob up and down as she moves throughout her day.
Pruning is similar to hair cutting. Pruning is done to take away the part of a vine or plant that has grown, has matured, and is now waning or has died. My friend’s hair, as beautiful as it was, was the result of a maturing process and in essence, it was dead. It had no feeling, the cells no longer had a purpose, and so her body turned them into hair. There is no pain when hair is cut (unless you are not careful with the scissors, but that is not the hair that hurts). The hair is lifeless and when it is no longer attached to the head, it can be thrown away.
We all know there are habits, circumstances, and yes, sometimes people, who God is wanting to prune from our lives. He wants to cut those things away that are inhibiting our growth—things that have already served their purpose and are now “dead.” There are circumstances and routines that were good for us at one point, but now they are weighing us down and making our lives more difficult. There are individuals who have made choices to be negative, sinful or rebellious and they are not helping us grow in our spiritual walk. God wants to cut us loose—to free us from those eighteen inches. It really will not hurt to let those things or people go; we just need to do it. If we don’t allow Him to prune, we get weighed down by too much—stuff, emotions, relationships, whatever it is—and we cannot move forward. We need to allow God to prune away and then the smile of a renewed life can shine through.
Thought-provoker: Where is God attempting to prune our lives? Are we resisting or are we surrendering?
Lord, thank You that You are the pruner who knows exactly where to cut, and that by allowing You to do this job in our lives, we can be renewed. Please help us to surrender to the cuts and to enjoy the new us in You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.