Time for another handle to help get a grip on life. Spring is here (mostly) which brings to mind all those who are working in the yard. So much care goes into getting plants to grow and flourish. What’s that got to do with living life?
Pruned if you do, pruned if you don’t.
Gardening is not my gift. I have what they call a black thumb. I confess that it has a lot to do with the fact that plants don’t have the ability to ask to be watered or fed like children do.
On the other hand, God is a master gardener. He has a plan for each of us to bloom to our fullest potential. He knows what parts need to be cut off and when to cut back in order to create more growth.
While studying with a group of ladies in our church, nicknamed “the Yahweh sisterhood,” we realized that following God is not easy. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try, you can’t get ahead. That’s when we created the “Christianese” way to say the common expression.
The truth is God desires our holiness more than our happiness. Just like in the sports world, “no pain, no gain!”, God knows that learning to live more like He desires is not an easy road. He cares enough to put us through what we need.
God gives us challenges we don’t want to face to make us become what we want to be.
What should we do when the pruning happens?
- Accept it
- Yield to it
- Learn from it
- Grow and blossom
Is this easy? NO.
Nothing worth having is easy.
What do you think of this? Have you felt like you are under the shears? When you have yielded to the Master Gardener’s pruning, what has been the result?
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