Amazing Grace

How sweet is the sound of a saw? You know the back and forth hum of a hand saw, trimming off a dead branch on a tree. It’s rhythmic, methodical, therapeutic.

4 years ago this week I would have disagreed. I would have told you that a saw has the ability to hurt you, it cuts to the quick and leaves a big gaping hole where there used to be a branch. 4 years ago I learned the beauty of pruning when God pruned us. Pruning is: a horticultural practice that alters the form and growth of a plant. Based on aesthetics and science, pruning can also be considered preventive maintenance. Many problems may be prevented by pruning correctly during formative years for a tree or shrub. The objective of pruning is to produce strong, healthy, attractive plants.

God prunes those He loves, the Bible teaches us this in Hebrews 13.

It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects…This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment, it’s training…At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. MSG 12:5-11 The dust has long since settled since this initial pruning took place and I can see the light streaming through the missing branches. Jesus says, I am the way the truth and the light. He was making room for himself in my life. He was shaping us, and preventing problems during formative years. He was saving us by His amazing grace. How sweet the sound?

My marriage is better because of his gentle shears during the year of 2008. My family has {addition 3} because of this radical year of our life. We have seen God work miracles in our finances by walking the road of discipline. God is always shaking things- and what’s left are the essentials.

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

And so I stand, with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the One who gave it all. So thankful for the painful pruning process because I trust that His faithful shears will do the work for my benefit and His glory.



2 thoughts on “Amazing Grace”

  • Love it, so true. My dad mentioned some of these very principals in a series he preached on the fruits of the spirit (I listen to them online). I’ve dealt with a lot of “pruning” in my life as well. Not fun at the time, but you see later on how it afforded growth and made us better.

  • That’s cool that you listen online. Sadly- I think this scenario was the first time in my Christian walk that I understood how God was actually pruning me. I think it’s a topic that needs highlighted more. On a lighter note, I “tagged” you in my 25 things about me post. I was transferring some notes over from FB and there you were. 🙂

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