I woke up and just knew it was going to be a beautiful day. After all, it was a free Saturday with absolutely nothing on the calendar. The weather was great. No school to be done. So… after we had breakfast and I had my morning coffee and Jesus time, I decided I would spend the entire day in our backyard… And I did. The kids joined me off and on, and it was lovely!
The first place I started was with our peach tree. I knew it needed to be thinned out, but didn’t know where to start. I looked up a few articles, and everything I read said there needed to be just one peach for every 4 inches. Ok, I thought… I can do that! Turns out, it was harder than I thought; mostly because my brain kept thinking, “I can’t possibly pull off this many peaches. My poor tree! What if I’m pulling off all the good ones, and leaving the bad ones?” Sounds dramatic as I type it, but truly it was a real struggle in my mind!
I continued to thin as much as I could, despite my anxiety. The entire time I couldn’t help but thinking about God, the Master Gardener. Is it hard for him to prune? He knows what’s best, and does it for our own good — even if it seems bad. As a parent, do I have what it takes to prune my kids? By pruning, I am showing God that I trust Him — that although I am throwing away a lot of fruit, I am trusting He will ultimately still provide much fruit and it will be bigger and sweeter than a tree left unpruned.
And so a lesson was learned in the garden. Just one of many to come this season, I am sure. God is so good.