I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bares not fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
I have had one of those weeks. You know, the ones that you seem to have no time to get anything done, but find yourself wasting a lot of your time on frivolous things. I have to admit, I have not spent as much time in the Word this past week as I should, spending quiet time with God. I pushed Him to the back burner and kept telling myself I will make time later. But later really never came. I did a few quickies but I cheated God this week. I felt guilty all week long. In the back of my mind, I was missing Him, you know, the way you miss a dear friend when time has passed between meetings. But because of my lack of self control, I allowed myself to get caught up in wasteful activities - time suckers!
This evening, I was able to put the children in bed early. I quickly cleaned up the kitchen and took a relaxing shower. But all the while, my Bible and devotional book were calling my name. I am tired! I began to make excuses on why I didn't need to STOP what I was doing, or to turn the t.v. on to relax.
I admit, I forced myself to put everything aside and open up the Word and have some time alone with God.
And of course, He did it to me again...
Let me just give you a little excerpt of what I read tonight:
Sometimes our lives, like rapidly growing trees and vines, produce suckers and tips. We fill our hours with activites and commitments that make us appear productive but in reality are nearly fruitless. God the Master Gardener, wants to develop our full potential. How does He do that?... He asks you to let go of things that keep you from His Kingdom and your ultimate good.
I don't think that reading these pages tonight was a coincidence. It was an encouragement to what I was feeling all week long. I was cheating God all week, and I was aware of it!
So I leave you with a question that I read tonight and hit me hard: When God prunes our lives, He asks us to let go of something that's keep us from His kingdom and our ultimate good. What might He want to prune from your life?