Beneath the ShearsFriday, March 18, 2016
The bushes to the east of our yard turned out beautifully! I love the effect of the gently draping branches falling over the twisted and beautifully gnarled trunks. The claustrophobic feeling in that part of the yard has been removed and light reaches all the way through the branches to the earth below. They have become a playground for birds that are a joy to watch! Plus, we can actually see the golf course through them now!
Because I had such success with those bushes, I was excited to begin on the group of three plants to the west of our yard. It was slow going, but as I clipped and pruned, their hidden shape began to form. Soon, however, it was obvious that more drastic cuts needed to be made. There were far too many tangled branches to save and, the deeper I went into the bushes, the more dead and diseased wood I discovered. So, yesterday, I got out my saw and one of the trio came down! (All that is left at this moment is a nice stump for my husband to dig out this weekend!) But, now that the branches have been cut out and the sun has reached the long hidden ground, I can see it is the perfect spot for new growth. English lavender will soon be in that space, bringing a sweet scent to the garden.
One thing I have learned through this process is that pruning is hard - very hard. I have discovered pain in muscles that I didn’t even know I had! And, the most difficult cuts, the ones that opened up the area to new growth, were the hardest.
Is there something in your life that God wants to cut out? Is there an area that should be pruned in order for you to grow spiritually?
I have been going through the pruning process lately. God has been removing dead wood from my life in order for new life to spring up. And you know what? Even though this process has been difficult and at times, painful, I am excited! I can sense God’s leading as I continue to stay near to Him.
Abiding. Growing. New life. These are beautiful things I am discovering as I submit to His shears. In Bruce Wilkinson’s book, Secrets of the Vine, he shares that when going through the pruning process, “God isn’t trying to just take away; He’s faithfully at work to make room to add strength, productivity, and spiritual power in your life.”
Today, I am energized as I look forward to what God will produce in me! I am excited for this new growth emerging from my pruned branches and am joyfully welcoming the fruit He longs to produce.