When God Decides to Cut You Down

When God Decides to Cut You Down

Last year I bought a scrawny little Esperanza plant at Lowes for one dollar. It was about to die. But over the past year I’ve nursed it back to life with lots of water and fertilizer. It got huge and started producing loads of yellow flowers. But when the flowers weren’t blooming it looked like an overgrown weed.

I started reading up on the plant and discovered it actually needed to be heavily pruned regularly. It scared me to chop that thing down to a little nub. I had worked so hard to grow it up to where it was. But I did.

For weeks nothing happened. I started to get worried I had pruned it to death. But last week it started popping out little buds. It looks really nice because it has been pruned.

I couldn’t help but think of that plant when I was talking to my friend Russell recently. I mentioned some hard lessons I’ve been learning lately. He quoted John 15 where Jesus says:

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.

I don’t like the idea of God having to prune me down. But as I’ve witnessed with my little Esperanza plant, if things get too big and out of control they actually lose some of their beauty. Jesus goes on to say:

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

On the other side of God’s pruning is bearing much fruit. That’s one of my main goals in life. I want to do something from God. But it seems I’ll only get there when I’m staying close to him and letting him cut me down to the size I need to be to produce that fruit.

Don’t be afraid if God starts removing things that were a result of your success in the past. Don’t be afraid when it feels like he’s cutting away at you. It may feel like the end of the world or like you are starting over, but I’m certain you’ll bloom again. God promises it. Go with the pruning and trust it’s going to produce some amazing beauty down the road.