According to the extension service it is necessary and beneficial to prune fruit trees along with many other vegetation. It develops a stronger tree, encourages new growth and rids the tree of damaged or diseased growth. The goal is to have a mature tree that produces healthy and a large amount of fruit.
When I am feeling pressed by God to work on myself in areas overgrowing, I think about pruning trees. In my younger years, there was no way I’d cut out or work on things that were not good for me. It was too much fun. Like going to the bars, hanging out late and sleeping in until noon, eating whatever I wanted and talking like a ‘sailor’. With some years of growth and pruning I have realized it is a necessary process to keep growing in a healthy way.
A story Jesus tells in Luke 6:43-45 NIV helps me remember that pruning in me is GOOD!43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers.45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
The next time you see the sprigs feverishly growing out of your fruit trees, think of how we have things in us sprouting up like the twigs. I don’t know about you, but I want to be an older, wiser woman and know I must prune those things in me if I want to be stronger with a healthy life to produce good fruit.
The next time I see any of you in person, I’m going to ask you, “have you been pruned lately?”