Last Friday, while I was mowing the yard, Carla was cleaning her flower beds and cutting back on her perennials and her hosta plants. Soon she will tackle some very large grasses and cut them back to ground level. But next year—they will be back—hardy and strong!
God designed these plants to survive and even thrive on being “cut back”. The cutbacks lead to new growth. That often happens in our lives and in our relationship to our Lord and I am reminded of something that Jesus said:
“ 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” (John 15: 1-2).
We don’t enjoy being pruned but God is the Master Gardener. He knows what needs to be cut so we can bear more fruit. We don’t understand but we need to trust. If the Lord does make some cuts in our lives, and He will, His desire is for us to have and be more, not less.