LIfe is changing in places I want it to stay the same…and not changing in those areas I want (and need) it to so desperately. Yet, change when it comes always leads to a better thing–at least for those whom God calls His own.
“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God
is worked into something good.” Romans (8:28 MSG)
“I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more.” John 15:1 MSG
As I was meditating on this chapter, and after reading Teresa’s post, I realized something. The pain of pruning affects the plant as much as the branches that are cut away. In essence, we wound the original plant in order to encourage new growth, or in some cases to create new plants from the cuttings. And while the new cutting is transplanted and regrown, the plant itself is left to heal.
It’s remarkable really when you think about nature’s ability to heal itself; even our bodies have the incredible power to recover. We as the Body of Christ, have the same power and resiliency to allow God to heal us! Although in tough times that may be hard to believe.
We all know recovery can be a slow and painful process. But as we keep our eyes fixed on God and the future He’s promised each of us–and keep a positive attitude–I believe we can grow into a stronger and healthier plant than we were to begin with. At least that’s what I’m hoping for…