Wednesday, July 3, 2013

the color of rose's glasses

John 15:2

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.

I do not know anything about gardening.
I know enough to know that gardeners do though.

So when I see one clipping off large chunks of their rose bushes, I assume it must be to some constructive and desirable end. I assume the gardener likes the rose bush, knows how to nourish it, and is acting upon both their love and expertise to benefit both the bush’s good and the gardener’s glory.

But what about the bush?

It does not have the benefit of knowing that the pruning is beneficial.
It only experiences the loss and discomfort of the moment.

God is for our good and His glory.
He is committed in Christ to both.
He will not fail to do either.

He is a good God.
We can trust Him.

That doesn’t mean pruning doesn’t hurt.

It does.
It still cuts.

It does, however, mean that He is more committed to our good than we are.

We would never chose to prune ourselves.
We would choose to go feral.

We can trust Him.

He will get the glory He deserves.
He’s committed to it.

He will work things for our good.
He’s committed to it.

More than we are.

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