My friend Lewis, who helped me a few weeks back to removed all the clutter from off my porch was back this afternoon after church and taking a nap, to help me to do some pruning, some cutting away and removing of a lot of dead limbs, things that where blocking a clear passage in my driveway, things that could do damage to a vehicle.
Isn't it a amazing how the Lord takes the simple things of life, well not always simple, most of the time, the simple things to teach us the principles of His word!
How often in our lives are there things that need to be pruned, cut away and removed so that we can grow properly, so that which is dead, is no longer draining life from that which is alive. We need to allow the Lord to prune and remove that which is not of Him so that we can grow properly, so we can heal and allow the Lord to apply the balm of His spirit, allowing Him to work in us and remove all that is not of Him, removing that which keeps us from receiving nourishment from the Lord, that which will help us to grow and become all that the Lord wants us to be.
Pruning is not easy and yes there is some hurt to us, but never more than we can bear, even if at the time it may not seem so. The Lord will apply the balm of healing to our hearts, to our minds, to our spirit as we come into His presence and allow Him to work on us. To shape us, mold us and refine and heal us through the process of pruning!
Allow the Lord to prune, to cut away and remove all that is not of Him and allow Him to replace it with Himself, allow the inner working of the Lord, the new man to come forth in your life this day. Grow and be strong in the Lord and walk in His ways.