I noticed yesterday that my yard bushes and trees are looking shaggy again. And some of them are already about 10 feet tall again. I remember when we first moved into our house here: the trees were only about 5 foot tall in the front. For years they stayed about that height, then one year I trimmed them.
Then…the following year they grew easily a foot. I trimmed again, and the next year they grew two feet. Now this year, just a few months after trimming, one tree has grown about 4 feet!!! Yikes! Why? Professional landscapers will tell you that trimming trees/bushes will actually yield more growth. And, we are obviously supposed to remove those trees/bushes that are dead.
Well, lets see what this has to do with Scripture:
John 15: 1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
Jesus tells us that if we are dead (bearing no fruit), then we will be “cut off.” But those of us who are working for God (bearing fruit), then we will be “pruned.”
So, if things are not going your way, exactly as you desire, then one of two things has happened. You have cut yourself off from God and are not following His ways. Or you are simply being tested (pruned) in order to make you stronger and bear more fruit. I hope it’s the latter (pruned).
We ALL struggle, but have faith and be patient for God will grow in us more fruit than we could ever imagine!