Are you a gardener? Do you enjoy seeing things grow? If so, you understand the principle that a plant must be pruned in order to produce at its peak. Dead wood and unhealthy parts must be cut away.
Pruning is a reality in the garden, but it’s also a very real part of human life. Because God loves us, sometimes He chooses to prune parts of our lives. This may come through the loss of a job or a loved one, or a move that takes us away from what’s comfortable. It may happen during a season of adversity. What’s accomplished by all this pruning? For the plant, it’s healthier and experiences fresh growth with more fruit. For us, it’s the ability to rely more fully on God, our source of life, and the ability to live a more spiritually secure and disciplined life.
Pruning is painful; but it allows us to live a more fruitful life. With God, pruning always gives us hope.
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