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Monday, June 20, 2011

Gardening for the Heart

Hubs and I worked in our garden area out back last night. It was around 6:00 PM, and the sun had gone down enough that there was only shade on that side of the house. The salty breeze was blowing and I was soaking up the fresh air. I decided to get a glass of wine and grab a some gardening shears. I wanted to cut back some of the branches that were in the walkway of the path we have out back.

Since we've moved here, we really haven't had time to work in the yard yet, and I just felt like being outside and getting something started. Gardening shears: something I have no idea how to use, but I figured I'd just start chopping whatever was in my way. Hubs tried to discourage me from leaving a big giant mess for him to clean up on Father's Day starting a big project, but I decided not to listen, and went for it.

Before long we're both back there hacking away! Hubs was concerned we were cutting to many branches. But, the only way to clear the walkway we wanted was to cut away anything that was in the pathway, and give it a chance to grow UP and then OUT. As it was, all the branches were just OUT and you couldn't walk through.

This was going to make it look pretty bare back there at first. We were going from natural, wild beauty to a butched, bare walkway. I didn't want to trim that much, but it had to be done to allow it grow the way we wanted.

I could not help but think of John 15.

God layed on my heart how he prunes us to make room for new growth. We may not want to be trimmed bare, but it has to happen in order for us to grow. Perhaps he laments over the branches he cuts off of our lives, because he knows it will be painful. He knows it will leave us vulnerable and raw, but he does it anyway in order to help us get where he needs us.

I have a peace today knowing that my heavenly father prunes me where I need it. My heart will be open to his gardening shears today. I pray I grow in the direction that leads me closer to Him, and that I remain open to his path for my life. It doesn't always go the way I want or had planned. I find myself in the midst of circumstances beyond my control with our son. I have had to cut out time with friends and family in order to allow time for everything we have going on with doctors and therapists. It's been crazy. But, I will rest and know that he's been pruning and I will soon grow in the right direction.

I can't ask for more than that.

John 15: 1-8
"I am the true vine, and 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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."

4 Comments:

At June 20, 2011 at 3:24 PM , Blogger The Woven Moments said...

Faith, of any flavor, is beautiful. Thanks for sharing yours!

 
At June 20, 2011 at 9:14 PM , Blogger Sara said...

I loved this, and I needed it. Thank you.

 
At June 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Blogger becca said...

what a lovely post

Everyday Life

 
At June 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Renee said...

When we remain open for God to do his work our lives are full of beauty. Thanks for the reminder!

 

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