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.
Our home is surrounded by trees. It's wonderful in the summertime when the southern sun beats down brutally, yet we stay cool and comfortable beneath a lush canopy of leaves.
There are drawbacks, however.
Dead branches. Arching over our roof.
Hanging precariously over our deck.
A potential disaster just waiting to happen . . .
My husband, Danny, finally decides it's high time to have the branches removed right before our family is to gather here for Thanksgiving. As always, he does his research before hiring a company. Danny finds one that is not only reputable, but also offers what we both agree is a more than fair price to take down these "limbs of doom."
Fascinated by the whole process, and amazed at the young man who seamlessly scales the tree trunk, I decide to capture some moments with my camera.
What a relief it is to have the branches not bearing fruit removed from the otherwise healthy and thriving trees! Maybe, in their own mysterious way, the trees appreciate it, too. Freed from excess and unnecessary baggage, they can continue to grow, stretching their fruitful branches heavenward like arms raised in grateful prayer and praise to God.
Are you in need of some spiritual pruning? Pray to the Master Gardener, the One who can trim those dead limbs of yours and make you a new creation in Him.
Prayer: Father, please make us fruitful for the sake of Your Kingdom. Cut away from our hearts and souls those dead places which keep us from connecting fully with You. Prune us for Your honor and glory. In Jesus' name, amen.