Today I seriously diminished my plumcot tree. I trimmed the tall, tall branches on top (the once I’d never be able to reach when the fruit comes), and then I thinned out some of the many extra branches growing out in all directions. These were healthy, vibrant branches with bright green leaves. As I carried my bundle of branches away, I remembered John 15 and how God prunes even good things from our lives so we will be even more fruitful.
I took away the tallest and most visible branches. I took away some very healthy limbs. To the outsider who doesn’t know what’s happening, this looks foolish. But to the Gardener, it’s wise and right. We can remember not to fear or fret when life feels diminished or smaller. God knows He’s making more fruit out of us.