We have two really large poplar trees in our backyard – apparently they are twenty-five years old – they are not particularly attractive trees, as they are constantly pruning themselves; shedding boughs, twigs and leaves with the slightest breeze. Messy trees, I call them – because they cause a lot of (clean-up) work. Today the wind (it is so strong, I can hardly call it a summer breeze) is rushing through the leaves, shaking them and dislodging them as it goes; I love the sound of the leaves twisting – turning – shaking, it makes the trees ‘sound’ alive, as they respond to the currents of air coursing through them. I liken the sound to Gods’ breath as He makes Himself apparent to me.
Some of us, in our hearts and spirits, are overgrown and untidy! We have habits, and perhaps sins that keep us from being the beauty that God intended us to be; bogged-down by difficulties and overwhelmed by worries. We have grown too big for our own good; we affect everyone around us with our careless attitudes and words; we need to be pruned and cleaned up, and in some instances we need to be replaced with something completely different. A warmer heart, a cleaner spirit and attitude that is attractive to behold, one that is good and clean; that is attractive or beneficial to onlookers and not offensive to the eye.
John 15:2: Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:5: I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Prayer: As difficult as it may be for us Lord, may we learn to leave all our concerns and our wrongdoings with You, trusting that we will be guided through the difficulties we have, no matter how big or how small. May we know that no matter how messy things may get in our lives, or how ugly, You are more than willing to ‘prune’ us and train us to be something completely different. In Your name we pray and give thanks for we know that when our trials are over, we will be stronger and more beautiful. Amen.
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