Reconciliation requires pruning, and not just potting

I’m so grateful that God created humanity and put that first man and woman into a garden. That is where we belong — in a place where we are surrounded by living object lessons, brilliant expressions of God’s nature and our relationship with Him and with each other.

Because of sin those stories and relationships have been damaged, but not destroyed completely. And while humanity is, to varying degrees, less comfortable in the garden than I expect we were in the beginning of our existence, there is still a strong pull.

I don’t think that those of us who can hardly keep our hands out of the dirt are more in tune with God than others — but I do think that we are more in tuned with God through his creation than others who may be in tune with Him in the other ways. (Gary L. Thomas talks about these pathways of connection with God in his book titled Sacred Pathways. I have found it helpful.)

The unusual string of nights with freezing temperatures we have had this winter in Florida (and other southern spaces) have left us more brown than green in February and it feels wrong. I find myself feeling a discomfort about it. I may have to go to Lowe’s and spend a few dollars on some flowers and shove them into pots this weekend as a demonstration that reconciliation is coming.

The real work of reconciliation in my yard which is in it’s after-the-freeze state will not begin with planting, but with pruning. LOTS of pruning. In fact, my yard will look worse — almost barren — before it can begin to look green and alive again.

I’m like that, too. Sometimes the freeze comes in the night and parts of me die. Before the signs of renewed life can find expression, I must go through the work of pruning. Reconciliation is possible, ultimately, because Jesus died; additionally it requires a kind of death to self that initially appears to make “me” less before we can be wholly what we were created to be.

3 thoughts on “Reconciliation requires pruning, and not just potting

  1. Tammy Schutt says:

    I was reading in the Psalms and was quite taken by two small phrases which pointed to the idea that God may choose to speak to us ‘in the night.’ I suppose that our days are sooo full that sometimes a dream or a sleepless night are the tools easiest to use.

    “Sometimes the freeze comes in the night…” reminded me again of His unfinished work that He is doing in and through all of us… and, yes, sometimes that comes in the night. I hear you, friend, and I’m right there with you!

  2. ruthhubbard says:

    Two things that make the night less daunting: Jesus makes it very clear that He is WITH US through it all and He has promised that joy will come in the morning.

    Reminds me of His words to Peter when he tells him the bad news of what Peter will do (or fail to do) before the rooster crows three times. Just before Jesus tells him that bad news, he tells him that his pending failure will be temporary, that ultimately he will be found faithful, and that he will absolutely be with Jesus for eternity. What grace.

    • Tammy says:

      Psalm 16:7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. Psalm 17: 3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night… These are the two scriptures I referred to earlier… and both seem to indicate the Lord uses the night to continue his pruning work for our good and for His purpose.

      Just wish I could learn how to be more responsive during the night to His “examination” and “instructions.” 🙂

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