Last year my wife and I decided to get rid of a small rose bush in front of our house. The bush had not produced a single rose in the two years we had lived here, so we decided to remove it. I cut it back to a stub, thinking if it didn’t die, I would come back later and dig it up.
This spring the bush made a remarkable comeback. Before we knew it, the plant was as big as it was last year. As it continued to grow, we decided to leave it alone and see what would happen.
What happened was the rose bush not only continued to grow, it thrived! It actually produced several red roses! The plant we had given up on has become a thing of beauty.
Jesus says that if we remain in him, God will prune us in order to make us more fruitful. Sometimes the pruning process is painful. As he guides us through certain life changes, God might trim us down to where we think we can’t come back—the fruitful part of our life seems to be over.
Then something marvelous happens. We not only come back from the pruning, we grow stronger and more productive than ever.
So let’s be patient and see what God has in store for our lives. It might be something incredibly beautiful.
“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.”—John 15:1-2.