Pruning Time

This is the time of year to prune bushes and trees.  They need the winter to heal and restore after a pruning, so they can grow healthier, fuller, and with more blossoms in the spring and summer.  I have been pruning our bushes and trees and have been giving them a deeper pruning than I usually do.  Several of them, have gotten overgrown for the space they are in, and needed to be cut back severely.  I prune off their dead and damaged branches, shape the bushes and trees and cut them back to a size fitting the space they have in my garden. My motivation for pruning my garden, is that the plants will be healthier in the long run, even though they are being hurt in the short run when I cut their branches.

I think that God—the Master Gardener—does this with me and you.  He prunes us—He takes things out of our lives, takes away the dead and damaged and makes us more fitting to what our role is in the body of Christ.  In all of us, He seeks to conform us to the image of Christ.  (Romans 8:29)

Jesus died to free us from our sin, and God is not content to leave us in our sin.  He wants us to experience the freedom we have in Him; He wants us to experience His love and forgiveness; He wants us to truly experience intimacy in our relationship with Him.

There is a song called,  “Scars” by I am They and there is a line that goes—“I’m Thankful for the scars, because without them, I wouldn’t know Your heart.”

I can so relate to this song.  It is in the pruning of my life, that I have seen God’s heart towards me– His commitment to me– His intense love for me.

That sounds like a contradiction—and yet it is not.  It shows me I really am His child.   (Hebrews 12:6)

When I am pruned by God—I know, He is in charge, He has the best in mind for me, He loves me so much, He is not content to leave me in my broken and shattered state.

  So—the next time it seems as if God is pruning you—I hope you’ll remember that He is motivated by His great love for you—and you will be encouraged!!

Lyrics to “Scars”

Waking up to a new sunrise

Looking back from the other side

I can see now with open eyes

Darkest water and deepest pain

I wouldn’t trade it for anything

Cause my brokenness brought me to You

And these wounds are a story You’ll use

So I’m thankful for the scars

Cause’ without them I wouldn’t know Your heart

And I know they’ll always tell of who You are

So forever I am thankful for the scars

Now I’m standing in confidence

With the strength of Your faithfulness

And I’m not who I was before

No, I don’t have to fear anymore

So I’m thankful for the scars

Cause’ without them I wouldn’t know Your heart

And I know they’ll always tell of who You are

So forever I am thankful for the scars

I can see, I can see How You delivered me

In Your hands, In Your feet I found my victory

I’m thankful for Your scars Cause’ without them I wouldn’t know Your heart

And with my life I’ll tell of who You are

So forever I am thankful

for I’m thankful for the scars Cause’ without them I wouldn’t know Your heart

And I know they’ll always tell of who You are

So forever I am thankful for the scars

4 thoughts on “Pruning Time

  1. The act of cutting away what’s dead and unnecessary seems harsh in the moment–I SO agree. I typically would prefer to just let it grow–and then there are always other consequences that must be dealt with. Thanks for the wise words to remind me of God’s long-term care and nurturing.

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