The other day my husband asked if there was anything we could do to bring back the plants I brought a few weeks ago. They were rich with vibrant red blooms and beautiful green foliage.
Yep, I know, not exactly the most beautiful plant and it clearly has no living blooms. I’ve been neglecting them and it shows.
Some may ask, “What kind of plant is it?”
Geraniums – One of my very favorite plants.
I explained to my husband Mark that the plants are doing well but that I only need to prune them. Some call it “dead-heading”. It’s where you pinch off or trim the blooms that have died and fallen away allowing the plant more energy to create new growth, new vibrant blooms.
One of the first miracles Jesus ever performed was turning the water into fine wine at a wedding. You can bet the wine was made from the finest choice grapes. Guaranteed the branches were pruned and the vines cared for in order to produce an abundance of low hanging fruit.
God is a gardner.
God allows our branches to be pruned. Sometimes He prunes us by His own hand, in order to protect us and to produce a mighty harvest in us to fulfill His plan, purpose and will for our lives and the lives of others.
“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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:1-4 (NIV)
Pruning is not comfortable in the least. Cutting away is never fun or easy, but it is necessary for new growth to come forth in both you and me.
Are you going through a difficult season, a trial or a challenging relationship? Be encouraged that this may be a season of pruning. Know our Father God the gardener has precision when cutting away the dead and dying branches. It will pass. You will come through this and look back and marvel at our Fathers Hand. Through the pruning you will become more intimate with our Savior, far more than you could have ever imagined or thought possible. He prunes because He lives you and He wants the very best life for you. That is my greatest prayer for you.
Rest well my friends and may God continue to richly bless you!
In response to Daily Prompt: Branch
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