“Cutting and Pruning”

Three unending necessities: cutting and pruning.

The Back Yard

My back yard is mostly swimming pool, with flower beds lining the fence on three sides. There is no grass, but there’s plenty of everything else:

  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Flowers
  • Bushes
  • Roses
  • Jasmine
  • Ground cover

The Challenge

The challenge is that it all wants to expand, climb, and thrive. If left alone for more than a week, it turns into jungle. So, it necessitates constant cutting, pruning, thinning, and shaping. 

It’s unending: the cutting, pruning, thinning and shaping. 


I could pay a service to handle it. I could uproot and tear it all out. I could leave it to its natural state of unchecked growth.

Or, I can keep taking care of it so it keeps looking beautiful.

Now Jesus

“I am the vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me  that bears no fruit, while very branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)

A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So, he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’” (Luke 13:6-7)

Jesus understood vineyards and orchards. Good fruit grows from good trees and healthy vines.

To Close

We are planted in the vineyard of Christ, and he’s looking for fruit. He cuts off the unfruitful branches and prunes the fruitful ones.

Either way, we’re being cut and pruned, its life in the kingdom.

Hang tough.

One thought on ““Cutting and Pruning”

  1. Thank you Rick. I know you literally did not write this just for me, but it feels like it. I read it with my fear so out of control I was trembling while waiting for the doctor for my pre op appointment this morning. I don’t scare easy, and definitely don’t loose my composure in a doctor’s office. I usually can tuck it in and have my meltdowns at a more appropriate time and place…..
    I have been questioning myself all morning, not knowing where this fear was really coming from; was it just a case of healthy nerves and fear of my upcoming amputation? Was it my gut telling me no, don’t do it!?? I was debating or not to put it off again. Your post and the scriptures you quoted answered all my questions and gave me peace. I have put this surgery off since 2013 and my leg definitely has to be “pruned”, in order for better things to come. Thank you Rick, I’m goung just just keep things you wrote this for me!


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