If a vine’s branches could speak, they would eventually rejoice
at how they look and how much fruit they could produce.
Pruning hurts, but it also helps. We may not enjoy it,
but we need it. At the time, it hurts when He removes
something precious from us; but as the spiritual crop is produced,
we see that the Father knew what He was doing. Allen Webster
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He lifts up
and every branch that bears fruit He prunes,
that it may bear more fruit. John 15 v 1-2
God has a plan for our lives, and part of that plan is that
we should bear fruit which blesses others and glorifies His name.
Think of the vine and the long process which precedes the bearing of fruit.
First there is the tender planting and a time of growth through sunny
days and moonlit nights, through storms and frosts and driving rain.
Gradually the vine grows and some fruit appears.
Then there is a pruning which leaves the vine bare and bruised.
This pruning precedes an abundant crop and a fruitful harvest
The vine has achieved the purpose for which it was planted
As we ponder on the journey of the vine, does it help us
to understand a little more that our challenging times are
often used as tender preparation to bring about God’s glorious
purpose in and through our lives?
Through the challenges of my life I haven’t really considered that they
may be occasions when God is implementing a season of pruning.
Leonard Davidson on the website “Charismamag.com says:
‘This week in your Christ walk journey, understand that the “testing and trial”
time that you are going through may in fact be a time of pruning.
Try to understand that this is a sure sign that your Father loves you—
that He desires for you to “bloom.” Not just a few small simple blooms,
but tons of blooms with lots of fruit.. Relax! Your Father is lovingly
pruning you. When the “springtime” of your journey comes around again
(and it will), you will bloom more beautifully than ever.’