So it is with Christ. He has this beautiful masterpiece in mind; like an intricate multi-dimensional puzzle that, once put together, reveals the image of him and his kingdom. Not only will the picture please Christ, but it will be what the world needs to see as well. If we allow His pruning, even welcome it; not only will we benefit, but the people around us will profit.
I have noticed that for the last 6.5 months here in New Zealand the Master Gardener himself, Jesus Christ, has been doing just that. .. pruning, trimming , stripping away. I can’t tell you whether or not he’s getting the desired result just yet (the image of his Son), for I have a feeling it’s gonna take a while. But perhaps he smiles when he sees a slight indication, a small glimpse that the final picture is beginning to peek through. Could it be that he has even allowed me a turn at the clippers, partnering with him in the pruning process? God’s pruning is sometimes painful, but we need not always be combatant towards it. I dare say that at times, God might hand us the shears and say, “You want to have a go at it? That's OK. Give it a try. See if you can make a small cut here, or just shave off a bit over there.”