It’s Time to Cut Back…

By no means do I claim to be a pro at gardening or landscaping but in my spare time I do enjoy working in my yard when time permits me to do so.  My mother on the other hand has what some call a “green thumb”.  She can pretty much grow anything and she is very knowledgeable when it comes to gardening.  One of my favorite things to grow and care for now are rose bushes.  Years ago, my first attempt at planting and caring for one almost discouraged me from this hobby because it was not going as I hoped it would.  No matter how much I watered it and “Miracle -Growed” it to death, the rose bush would never truly grow and bloom the way that I saw my mothers do.  At this point I was still a novice and I was at my wit’s end with the plant so I asked my mother to come over and take a look at the bush and give me her opinion on what I may have been doing wrong.

 

Well at first glance, she seemed to know right away what the problem was.  She told me in a matter of fact tone, “That rose bush will never grow as big and beautiful as it could because you haven’t pruned it!”Just to reiterate, at this point I was still new at the gardening thing so I had to get clarity on exactly what she meant by that.  She said to me “It is necessary on that type of flower that you cut it back every so often to remove diseased, tangled and damaged parts of the plant, and old buds that get in the way of new growth.”  I can be quite analytical at times and her explanation of that seemed very counter productive in my opinion.  Why would I cut off what appeared to be growth in order to see more growth?John 15:1-2 (NIV) says, “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.”  There comes a time in each of our lives that we have to allow God a chance to carry out what His word says.  Those diseased and old buds that my mom spoke of can often times manifest themselves in our lives in the forms of enabling relationships, traumatic experiences, hurtful relationships that we just can’t seem to ever find the strength to walk away from, sinful habits, excuses, stress, bad/negative attitudes, fear, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, gossip, unresolved issues, regret, doubt and a lack of faith – and the list goes on and on.   At the end of the day, when we fail to cut them off they all have the same effect – BLOCKED GROWTH.

There may be something that God is trying to remove from your life, maybe something has served its purpose and its time to move on to something greater.  Let go and God have His way in your life.  Every stage that we go through in our life is preparation for the next one and all the time everyone that we went through one stage with may not be in God’s plan to go with us to the next stage.  Accept what God allows.

In your prayer time ask God first for discernment of those things that may be hindering your progress and blocking you from fully receiving His love.  Second ask Him for the strength to walk away from whatever it is and not look back if that is the answer you receive from Him.

Recite this prayer in your quite time with God:

Dear Heavenly Father:

I am Your child and I come to You as humble as I know how, first thanking You for the Gift You gave to me through Your Son Jesus and secondly, I thank You for forgiveness of my sins.  Many times human nature causes me to try to hold on to people and things in life that You desire to remove so that I can grow and reach my full potential in You.  God, give me the strength to let go and forgive where it is necessary in my life.  Help me to see beyond my current circumstances and help me to see myself and others as You see us.  Build my faith in You where I am weak and show me that You are my only source of joy and contentment.  As Your word says, you prune us so that we that are already fruitful can be MORE fruitful.  Help me to understand that everything you take me through and everything you take away is for me good.  Any void that the enemy tries to make me feel as a result of your pruning, give me to know that You can fill that void.  Help me rest in the fact that it is not in other people or material gain but it is in You that I can find peace that surpasses all understanding.

 

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