The above photo was taken last fall in my backyard. We have several bushes back there that had really grown over the last three years. I had not taken the time to prune them, so this past summer, the vines decided to hitch a ride on the overgrown bushes and began attacking the power lines. I needed to get that situation under control, so that we could continue to live in the 21st century, so I did some pruning.

I now have a big mess on my hands, and it’s all because I didn’t prune.

As I was hacking away at these bushes, the Lord reminded me of His words in John 15:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” – John 15:1-2

Pruning is necessary. It’s painful, but it’s necessary in order that we might bear more fruit.

My backyard is an example of why our lives need pruning.

When we’re left to ourselves, we make quite the mess. We’re all over the place. But with His direction and guidance via the trimming that He does, we are made healthy and more productive.

This pruning He does can be false ideologies, sin, relationships, etc. He will cut away anything that hinders His purpose for our lives.

When we find ourselves in the midst of a pruning season, it’s not easy to be happy about it. However, we should take solace in the fact that our Father knows what He’s doing and He knows how to best position us for proper, long-term growth.

We must surrender to the pruning shears of the Father. Because only there will our messes be made into lasting fruit.