Reposted from Five Feet Twenty
Last week I went to a friend’s house. I noticed these beautiful flowers in their garden next to their driveway and I asked them what they were. Peggy answered, “They’re zinnias.” I was thankful for the information and made a note to look for them for our yard next spring.
Then her husband, Conrad said to me, “Did you notice anything strange about them?” I shook my head that I did not so he led me outside to view them again. This time I noticed that one of the plants was significantly taller than the others (see picture above).
He asked if I had any ideas of why the one was so much healthier. I didn’t answer, but I was thinking it had to do with the quality of the soil, more fertilizer, etc… Conrad said, “When we planted these, we felt this one needed to be pruned so we cut it way back.”
And now it is the healthiest of the bunch.
If a plant had feelings, pruning would be extremely painful. Yet, it was because of this “pain” that this flower grew so much and became much healthier.
One other point needs to be made. Conrad and Peggy cared about this plant, therefore, they pruned it. Even though it “hurt” the plant in the short term, this was the loving thing for them to do for the plant in the long term.
The same is true in our lives. Jesus had this to say about this:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2)
It is because of God’s love for us that He bothers to prune us…so we can grow and become healthier.
There is another truth here. That is as a follower of Jesus, we should expect pain in our lives, or pruning. And this pain is for our benefit (if you’d like to see a talk I recently gave in which I share 10 benefits to pain and suffering.
As you are pruned, remember my friends’ zinnias—you, too, will grow much through the process and be healthier for it.