Lens in the Light

Is pruning hurting you?

Whenever a godly man relies on God through his trials, God gets all the glory

It takes my mind back to childhood memories; when I’ve always wondered why people used to cut parts of the plants they want to grow to make it look lost entirely. Little did I realize, after a few days, the plants grow more beautifully than before. This selective removal method of certain parts of the plant, such as branches, buds, or roots, is pruning, which enables a healthy growth of the plant.

A gardener foresees a healthy plant while pruning. Apostle John says in John 15: 2, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” Who likes to be trimmed and pruned? Yeah, it sounds painful, but the process that seems unbearable to us at the beginning, God expects us to bear more pleasant and qualitative fruits at the end.

Pruning eliminates dead parts, prevents growth in the wrong direction, and nutrients do not go to the parts that the gardener does not want to grow, thereby ensuring a good yield. Often some difficult challenges or trials comes our way to reveal our weaknesses to sanctify ourselves, not to lean on the things of this world, and God doesn’t want our vitality to be used in a field that inhibits our spiritual life, preparing us for a better individual that God wants us to be.

An eagle pushes the little one out of the nest, and it falls, indeed, to be destroyed. Not so, however! The eagle comes down in a flash, catches the little one on her back, and flies up, and does it again and again before the eaglet learns to fly. God does not leave you in the middle of paths, in the same way, He makes you more robust in the process. As the gardener gets the credibility of a healthy plant, and as the mother eagle gets the credibility of a flying eaglet, whenever a godly man relies on God through his trials, God gets all the glory.

GRACE KATHETTU <br>Assistant Professor <br>Apollo Technology and Research, Hyderabad

Assistant Professor
Apollo Technology and Research, Hyderabad

Grace George Kathettu is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Entomology at Apollo Institute of Agriculture Technology and Research in Hyderabad, India. She holds degree from Annamalai University (BSc., Agriculture) and Pondicherry University (MSc., Agricultural Entomology). She is the daughter of Pastor K.V George (ministering in IPC Kumbanad Centre) and the Late Mary George; and sister of Gifty George.

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