I have a philodendron plant hanging in my kitchen window.
From time to time, some of the leaves turn yellow and then brown.
They finally shrivel up into a completely dead leaf.
Unsightly looking at the least, it is best to gently pull them off the living vine.
They are no longer of any use to the plant.
This afternoon, I noticed that I had a few leaves that had turned brown.
As I was removing them from their branches, my thoughts turned to life in general.
There are times when certain things need to be removed from our lives.
Not just bad things or things that could hurt us, but things that we may need to move away from as we are continuing on in our journey of faith.
If we were to sign up for an introductory class in mathematics, we would hope to move on to the next level of instruction when we had sufficiently learned what was being taught.
There would be no need to continue going to the first class if it was time for the second one.
Like a leaf that no longer needs to remain on a vine, we would need to put that class schedule away and spend our time in a more productive way.
As God continues to work in our lives, there will be “classes” He wants us to attend–a certain job, a ministry opportunity–even a particular neighborhood to live in.
When the time is right, He may then direct us to the next “class.”
We may feel His leading to move on in the new direction He is preparing for us.
The old leaves removed one by one at just the right time, making room for growth of new leaves—at just the right time.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.“
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