I am going through a time of pruning and preparing in my spiritual life, and in my personal life.
It is not easy.
I keep getting dinged and nicked by the tools God is using to create the space and the awareness that He is in control.
There are times I feel like I’m headed in the right direction and then there’s a wall. I even had a wall while I wrote this post. It has taken me a few months of writing a little and coming back to this topic, because pruning and redirecting will continue throughout my lifetime… your lifetime.
It will hurt. It will frustrate. It will be completely nonsensical at times.
Surrender is key. Surrender to God’s moving, His revealing and His enduring overwhelming love.
God does not prune to hurt us. He prunes to teach us and help us become the version of ourselves that He sees.
This concept we may never understand, but we need to be willing to lean into it. This means leaning into the unknown, even into the pain.
“And have you forgotten his encouraging words spoken to you as his children? He said, ‘My child, don’t underestimate the value of the discipline and training of the Lord God, or get depressed when he has to correct you. For the Lord’s training of your life is the evidence of his faithful love. And when he draws you to himself, it proves you are his delightful child.’
Fully embrace God’s correction as part of your training, for he is doing what any loving father does for his children. For who has ever heard of a child who never had to be corrected? We all should welcome God’s discipline as the validation of authentic sonship. For if we have never once endured his correction it only proves we are strangers and not sons.
Now all discipline seems to be more pain than pleasure at the time, yet later it will produce a transformation of character, bringing a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who yield to it.”
Hebrews 12:5-8, 11 TPT