I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
Pictured above is our granddaughter, Virginia's, hair after I've washed, conditioned and de-tangled it. Ugh! I can tell right away that she is in dire need of a trim.
"Virginia," I announce, "we're going to Supercuts in the morning. We've got to get rid of those ragged split ends."
"But Gammie, I like my long hair," she protests. "You won't let the hair cut lady take off too much, will you?"
"No, I won't, honey," I assure her. Though I think to myself it would probably be best to lop of at least three inches from her tresses, I promise Virginia that we'll only remove an inch and a half.
When we arrive at Supercuts, I tell the hairdresser how much to trim from Virginia's hair. She readily cooperates, but not before explaining to us that the persistent knots and snarls are due as much to chlorine exposure, which dries out the shafts, as it is to split ends. "We have a special shampoo and conditioner designed for kids who do lots of swimming in the summer. I highly recommend these for her."
Of course, she would! And of course, this Gammie purchases both at the end of our visit, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
First, it's the actual haircut!
Ah! Now that's better! Virginia loves her new look, especially since the length has been preserved to a great degree. And she is so happy to be able to comb it out herself, painlessly, for a change.
In light of Virginia's recent "pruning," maybe it's time we examine the spiritual health of our hearts and minds. Are there emotional tangles? Snarled thoughts? Stubborn knots of pain or fear?
Let God in! Allow Him to clip away at those negative "split ends" that keep us from being fully connected to Him.
In God's capable hands, a little trim goes a long way. He will give us the ultimate Supercut!