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The results of pruning
Katrina Harrmann
by Katrina Harrmann
July 11, 2024

I hate pruning the grapevine in my garden. Cutting off some of the plant always seems counterproductive when what I want is a larger, thriving vine!

But if I don’t prune, the plant will not produce as well next year.

People are often the same way. How many times have you suffered through a rough season in life only to look back and realize you grew immensely as a result? It happens to us all.

[God the Father] 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 15:2).

God trims us back in ways that make us even more fruitful as we move forward. We don’t always understand it, but rest assured—he does.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. … But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of. … You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).

The next time you think you can’t bear the “pruning” God is doing in your life, remember that the Master Gardener always knows what he’s doing. And the finished product will be amazing!