The Vine Dresser


I have been in a sabbatical mode for the last month. This experience has been an intimate time with Yahweh and no part of it would I take for granted. I began the time asking HIM to prune me, mold me and fill me. I want to be HIS hands and feet. He has answered my desires. It all has not been that glorious but it was definitely needed. Certain things that I have not really thought about before were brought to my attention.

A professional horticulturalist doesn’t hack away at a tree or plant. He doesn’t do it simply for esthetic reasons. Pruning is required to trim away deadwood, remove disease and tissues that inhibit healthy growth. Also it helps to control and direct growth by giving it shape.

Pruning is something that is part of life whether it is done by a gardener, by nature or by God Himself . It is usually not a pleasant experience and the immediate effects can leave the pruned looking and feeling rather stripped down and exposed.

The last month has left me feeling rather stripped and exposed. Sometimes we go through life and stuff just starts to attach itself to us. Once it does, the potential for growth can be effected.

Everyone knows that a rotten tree doesn’t grow good fruit and who wants or needs rotten fruit?

This time of pruning hasn’t been easy. I’ve been completely present and awake for this spiritual surgery. The things revealed to me haven’t been a complete surprise…let’s face it. When there’s a huge bump protruding from your noggin…you know it and the same goes for spiritual bumps. So it seems at least for now, like my beloved tree, the Master Gardener has finished pruning me for this season. And again, like my tree, I am feeling somewhat worse for the wear. The wonderful thing is that I know in a few weeks or months from now, like that tree, I will be stronger than ever and more fruitful…and isn’t that the whole point?

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser.
John 15:2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

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