I was watching my home assistant prune the several bougainvillea bushes we have in the garden, so that they will bloom in colorful array at Chinese New Year. It recalls how The Lord prepares us to be His beautiful people through many painful prunings in life. at our various points of needs and in His time.
1. His forecast of our potential to be beautiful
2. His time invested in our pruning – exactly where we need and when
3. Waiting time for us to bloom – fruit of the Spirit – love, Joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control
4. His patience pays off to His credit.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
Do you feel barren and dry? Let Him prune you and cut off the leaves (competition) that rob you of nutrients and draw strength and health from Him again.
Response: Lord, let Your pruning times draw me closer to You. Let my life be wholly spent in bearing beautiful, luscious and fragrant fruit for You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.