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“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” ~ John 15:1-2

As I was watering the plants around my house tonight, I noticed that my ivy plant was in serious need of a pruning.  Ivy can be a rather tough plant to keep, but this one I’m determined to work on, because I used the ivy from my wedding bouquet to grow it.  And I’ve managed to keep it going for the past six years, a feat which I am rather proud of.

But tonight it was looking pretty ragged.  I knew the fault was my own, since I haven’t trimmed it back in a long time.  In order to grow to its fullest, ivy needs to be pruned back pretty substantially every now and then.  It’s been at least two years since I’ve done so.

So I got my scissors out and started whacking away, taking off some of the freshest green leaves, in order to make way for even more new growth.  But I didn’t throw all of those clippings away.  I kept a few of them to start over in a jar of water.

It made me think about how God prunes us in our own lives.  Sometimes He takes something away from us, like I did with cutting back my ivy plant.  But sometimes the very things He takes away, He allows others to have in their own lives.  This can be frustrating and confusing, but we have to keep in perspective that He knows what is best for each one of us.

If God is working on you in some aspect of your life, don’t question His judgment.  He’s doing whatever He can to make sure you grow to your full potential.