I can see clearly now….   Leave a comment

…. I bet you have that song in your head now, don’t you?  Sorry about that.

In our newly remodeled house we have new windows in our dining room.  They let in the eastern light; we love it.  On that side of the house there are two vine-y plants growing that have now twined together into one large mass.  One is a flowering vine that has orange blossoms all over it.  Very pretty, even if it has spread all over front back and side yards.  The other is a climbing, vine-y rose plant.  Also very pretty, with pink roses that smell nice. 

When these two plants grow to such a height that they start climbing on the house, open the window and tap you on your shoulder while you are sitting at the eating counter and ask what is for breakfast — I draw the line.  They must be cut back.  It has been a year since these plants have been hacked down to the fence line.  During that year they grew gradually and were trimmed regularly — except on top.  I’m short and can’t reach, and getting my tall nephew to do it is sometimes a challenge.

But all things came together yesterday and he was able to be coaxed into getting the ladder out and the industrial strength shears and doing the trimming on the top.  All of a sudden — we can see in the dining room again.  The light is coming through the windows whereas before the plant growth had blocked it out.

Hmmmm….. we need to dust.  And vacuum. But my point is (and yes, I do have a point) it got me thinking about what things I have let “grow” and “cover up” other things in my life.  What is in the dark in my life, that I am not even aware of?  That has gotten darker gradually and a little bit at a time, that I haven’t even noticed it?

And that leads to….. what is growing in my life that is making other things dark, that I need to cut back?  What needs to be trimmed?  Pruned?

John 15:1-2 says “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 wil be even more fruitful.”  This shows that everyone —- every one of us — gets pruned.  Whether we ask for it, want it, are aware of it, or care.  We get pruned.  And the pruning doesn’t stop until we die.  I may not see clearly now what I have let grow too high and shed darkness where there should be light.  But I do know I will get pruned, and that eventually light will shine where it needs to.  Just as I need to shine where I need to.

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Posted October 31, 2010 by Maureen in Christian, Musings

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