Purpose in pruning
I discovered this little note in my phone from a couple years ago about change:
Reading John 15:2 (Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.) today and realizing that either way God changes you and doesn't leave you to stay the same. This really struck me because change is uncomfortable and scary and sometimes involves loss of things we enjoy.
So God is going to take away the things in our lives that aren't pleasing to Him. On the other hand He is going to take the things that do please Him in our lives and He is going to change them to make them better.
There is no avoiding change.
The fact that we can't avoid change at all can be tough. We might be comfortable where we are, happy with routine, peaceful with our future paths, but God says He is going to prune us.
According to the Oxford dictionary, pruning means "to cut" or to "take away unwanted parts." This sounds painful. Ouch. I don't think I'd volunteer myself for pruning, but God says there is a purpose, "that it may bear more fruit".
The hardest part for me in this verse is that God says He will change us even if we are bearing fruit. He says that there is still more ahead. You can still be better. You can't stay the same. He is still making us new.
So moving forward with this in real life, this means we should accept change as it comes and trust that God is faithful. Plus we know that He is in control, so we do not have to worry.
Whatever change you are walking through or facing today, know that you aren't alone. You are never alone. You are strong, brave, and resilient. There is a Father who loves you more than anything in this entire universe.