Years ago in a weak mommy moment, after the kids incessant prodding I bought a peach tree for $10 at an end-of-the-season sale. I brought it home, planted it in a horrible spot for peach tree, and THEN looked up how to care for it on the internet . As I researched how to get this tree to bear fruit, I quickly realized how naive I was. I was stunned to find in order to allow my peach tree to produce quality fruit I must prune it severely. The excessive pruning sounded like it would destroy the tree. I thought this was ridiculous and the peach tree growers didn’t know what they were talking about. ( Yeah I know major prideful moment).
Surely they didn’t mean to really prune it that much did they?
My tree went on to die, probably because I did not prune it enough, it was so hard to cut the tree way back.
Several nights ago while putting my daughter to bed, she was giving me a long litany of things that did not go well for her that day. She was complaining about having a bad day, and I blurted out, “God must be pruning you honey, he wants you to grow into something beautiful.” I then proceeded to tell her about our peach tree ( she of course had long forgotten that we even had one!). I explained how pruning a tree is very hard to do, yet when it is done right it can produce a beautiful fruit.
But the inventor complained, “well I don’t like being pruned if this is what it’s like, it’s not fun!”
But then I asked her of what happens to the tree after it has been pruned…….”it grows yummy peaches” she meekly muttered out.
She reluctantly smiled…..she got it……and so did I. Up until that conversation I had long forgotten that peach tree. But it was a timely reminder for me also.
Pruning is not fun
Pruning is painful
Pruning is difficult
But I want to produce Godly fruit in my life, so Lord get out those pruning shears and do what needs to be done!!!