For Christmas my sister gave me a beautiful basket with about a dozen narcissus bulbs. I couldn’t wait to plant them, but I learned that they are very fragrant…uh, oh I thought.
So I decided I would “test plant” one in a glass container with decorative stones. About 2 weeks went by and NOTHING happened. No roots, no leaves, NOTHING.
A little over a week ago I came home from work to discover Wade, my husband, had taken a knife and cut the bottom of the bulb…scraped it.
He said the base was decayed and needed pruning.
Within days, roots were pushing their way through the stones, absorbing the water, feeding the bulb…the dormant bulb was coming alive.
Unbelievable…shoots were quickly appearing…growing to great heights. You could almost stand there and watch it grow.
That is how it is with our lives. When God prunes our lives, it can be painful…but if we allow Him to remove the diseased, damaged, structurally unsound parts of our lives we will come through the process a better and healthier person.
Don’t run from His pruning. Embrace it. Learn from it.
“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. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.” John 15:1-3 MSG
Obviously not all painful or hurtful situations are His pruning, but take the opportunity to ask yourself if God is allowing this situation into your life for a special reason. Left alone, the narcissus bulb most likely would have withered and never produced a plant.
Count it a blessing when He removes the decay in your life…when He exposes the raw and painful parts. He wants the best for us…thus embrace His discipline.
GROW IN CHRIST!