“”But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.” Galatians 5:22
Roses, clematis and hop vines climb intertwined over the rickety trellis, the flowers cascades downwards in an unruly fashion. Like a mop of unruly hair, these climbers need a regular trim to keep some semblance of order.
I enjoy pruning away the dead wood in order to allow new growth to flourish. I am, however, enthusiastic rather than experienced with the secateurs and am apt to make mistakes. It saddens me when I cut away what appears to be a dead branch, only to discover when I pull it free from the trellis that right there, at the end, are new green shoots which would have developed into flowers had I left well alone.
How wonderful that God knows what he is doing when he prunes his garden. He knows that whatever age we are, whatever stage we are at, we are still able to bear fruit. As long as we are fruitful he leaves us be. Isn’t that good to know? Those of us in later years can be unafraid, secure in the knowledge that God doesn’t see old wood fit only for the compost heap. He sees an elderly branch still capable of bearing fruits of the spirit. We can be fruitful right up to the very last. God, in his wisdom, will only call us to eternal rest when our work for him is accomplished and we have added all the fruit he requires to his harvest.