I watched, yesterday, as a work crew systematically and with a planned precision technique, reduced a once majestic and beautiful pine tree, to a decimated stump. This tree graced the hill behind our home, and was a haven for birds to nest, and its branches would gently sway and tickle the sky when the winds would blow. But, a small and unforeseen pest began to ravage and devour that tree, and within a matter of months, its strong branches, filled with lush green needles, were reduced to scraggly and skimpy rusty brown limbs, desperately and feebly reaching for the sky. The vibrant life source was gone, drained of any semblance of vitality. Instead of being a haven, it now was a hazard, prone to lightning strikes and further infestation. As I observed that tree dwindle in size, I began to think of areas in my own life, that have become brittle, dry, unresponsive, unproductive, and no longer pleasing to observe.
You see, we too, are vulnerable to “pest” infestation. Those menacing pests of worry, fear, doubt, confusion and panic can render us helpless, choking the spiritual lifeline necessary to any fruitful sprigs of productivity and new growth. Periodic pruning and “pest control” is advisable for all of us, but when that is no longer effective, then let’s rev up that chainsaw, and get a fresh start on that new path the Lord has for us.
“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”
John 15:2 NLT
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 NLT