“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. ”
There is rich symbolism in this account of the pruning process when applied to the Christian life.
Pruning seems to be destroying the vine. The gardener appears to be cutting everything away…yet he sees the future and knows that the final result will be the enrichment of the life of the vine, and a greater abundance of fruit.
It is comforting to know that trouble, in whatever form it comes to us, is a heavenly messenger that brings us something from God.
It is my prayer that we will be ready to pay the price of pain, and traverse the path of suffering which is the only way to reach God’s greatest blessings…amen!