Pruning our BranchesMost women and maybe some men can relate to how a really good haircut feels, especially when a trim is overdue and the ends look scruffy.  Most of us probably look forward to having those dead ends removed.  After all, it’s about style and looking good.  The split ends become obstacles to looking our best so we have the frizzy dead ends removed making our hair feel healthy and full of life.

The same is true when God cuts our dead ends and removes the obstacles that prevent us from being our best for Him.  Except we don’t always look forward to that kind of trimming, do we?  God doesn’t want us to carry dead weight that doesn’t or no longer serves His purposes.  God does want us to remove obstacles from our lives that take up room for Him to work within us and help us grow for His glory.

There have been times when I’ve harbored feelings of resentment, bitterness, and even un-forgiveness.  And like split ends, those feelings don’t look good on a person.  In John 15:1-2, Jesus tells us:  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.” Pruning our lives, as a gardener prunes the vines, allows God’s nutrients to feed what is important so that we can produce more fruit.  Producing fruit allows us to receive the abundant blessings and grace God so freely gives to us.

Pruning can sometimes be unpleasant, even painful, but it’s worth it.  God’s pruning has enabled me to leave the dead, unproductive past behind and move forward into a life of grace.  I do admit, every now and then I still need a fresh cut.  How about you?  Are you in need of a trim?