In my earlier years of being a follower of Jesus, I often was a bit fearful after reading a passage like John 15:1-8. Here, Jesus talks about God the Father, like a landscaper, in today’s terms, will “cut 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.” This used to freak me out—would God cut off a part of me before I was ready? Would it hurt? Could it be scary?
Sunday’s pruning of plants led me to our society garlic plants, which were in need of a major trimming. It occurred to me that the only part of the plant I was removing were those places that were no longer bearing fruit. All for the purpose of the overall plant being more fruitful. Indeed. God is in the business of every so often changing the things in front of us—a job, relationships, circumstances, interests and opportunities—to help us be more fruitful and remain in Him. Thanks be to God.