It's been a while since I posted something, so here goes.
I was in a coffee shop today, and a man--who happened to be a pastor--was relating a story. He asked a botanist to plant a white pear tree in the yard. It was a pretty tree that stood about 5' 10" tall, but once it was planted the botanist began to cut off EVERY branch.
The pastor wondered about this since leaves are needed for photosynthesis. So he questioned the botanist. The botanist's response was, "The roots are the most important."
Times of pruning are tough. Whether you believe in God or not, life has a way of stripping you and the strip down is no fun. (That's the main reason I had stopped blogging.) However, if we take the time to reflect, we can find that our character has been strengthened, and we are able to encourage others in ways we could not before.
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:1-2, 5, KJV)