First we have to prune. I am not talking about the fruit because I wouldn’t do anything with that. I am talking about the verb “prune.” It means to remove what is superfluous or undesirable. I have a rose bush in the front of my house. It is about the only thing that I have planted that has thrived. It has grown so much that it was overtaking the sidewalk and interfering with mowing next to it. Recently, I decided to trim the rose bush. It is now pruned down to a smaller version of itself. It won’t interfere with anyone walking to my front door or with anyone mowing next to it. It looks healthier and I am sure it will bloom much better now. You see, the blooms have been a lot less lately. As I was pruning, I did have to cut off a few blooms. Sometimes you have to cut off what is unnecessary or undesirable so that we can bloom more. The Bible says in John 15:2 says, “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful.”
Once we have pruned, we need a tune up. This past week, I had some help to “prune” and clear some things out from my garage. During the process, my bike was freed from some of the boxes that surrounded it. Granted, I have not used the bike since we have moved here, which was at least 9 years ago. My daughter got a new bike for her birthday and wants me to ride with her. The process of cleaning out the garage is daunting. After just accomplishing a little, I had a pity party and a good cry. Then I got up and wiped my tears, hosed off the dust and dirt on the bike and loaded it into my car. I took it to put air in the tires but it wouldn’t work so I just dropped it off at the cycle shop for a tune up, as they called it. It will now be like a brand new bike.
Pruning is hard and sometimes seems like we can’t do it. It may be too hard to cut things out of our life that we just don’t want to let go or it might require too much work. The garage is going to require more pruning but God showed me just one little thing that I can get out of it – a bike ride. God will show you what needs to be pruned so He can tune.