When The Gardner Keeps Digging

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I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
— John 15:1-4

The role of a gardener is performed throughout the year. It includes: planting, weeding, pruning, grafting, removal of dead flowers, mixing and preparation of insecticides and other products for treating pests, and tending garden compost. Hmm! In the spiritual sense who does that sound like to you? You guessed it, Jesus!!! The role of a gardener sounds so similar to my journey, and what has been taking place in me.  I can imagine you are shaking your head too! The first time I read the scripture above I was terrified. All I seen was the word cut, and cringed! Not knowing that it is necessary for  Jesus to cut away any fruit that is not bearing. To be honest the decayed fruit that was in me for so long was preventing me from bearing good fruit!

Has the Lord been revealing to you over the years, months, weeks, or days the roots that are in you that He needs to dig up? How have you been responding to Him? Have you been willing to let Him do His work in you? Can I be honest with you? I have not been the best daughter to tend to. Let me tell you why He does this.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23

He cuts, separates, prunes, and cuts back because it promotes growth. It permeates healing. It disconnects sin. It lifts the bandages off the wounds that have been infecting your heart for so long. It breathes new life into you. It transforms you. It makes room for Him! There is power in having the gardener dig and perform His duties in your heart, spirit, and mind! The end result is simply glorifying, but are you willing? When things started to get real this year I was overwhelmed with emotions. These strongholds have been in me for so long. Some was passed down through the birthing canal, and He wants me  to open up, and  let Him beautify; say what!

The flowers do not fight the gardener as he is tending to them. They don't move their petals to hit his hands as he pulls them up. Even the weeds don't smack him for uprooting them. Why can't we be that easy, and allow the master gardener to do His work in us? I doubted that I could be transformed because some strongholds were apart of me for so long. I was ashamed that I was a child of God and still having to be tended too in some areas. I was angry because I thought I was passed some things. I was angry because I couldn't see the change overnight. I was sad because I felt like I was failing. I was sad because I felt I was not growing. That was all a lie form the pits of hell. I so desperately want to be healed, delivered, and set free from every stronghold. I still felt like this though! I did not understand that healing is apart of the process. I thought after it was exposed, and I laid my little self out before the Lord it will be gone. No, just like you have to heal after surgery you have to heal after strongholds have been pulled down. He told me "You are moving forward because you are allowing me to go after these things." We truly have the best gardener. He is so gentle, and patient. He has so much compassion for His children it’s amazing. He does not do this to harm us, or make us feel as if we are ineligible to be His children. He does this because He sees the end product, and He wants to see His children delivered, whole, and free. He desires us to live life abundantly. He desires for the truth of who He is, and what He says about us to resignate in us. He desires a loving relationship with us. He desires for us to see clearly. He desires for His power to flow through us. We can't if we have roots that were not placed by Him in our spirits. That's why He has go down deep, and tend to what is not supposed to be there. Your garden may look different than mine, but the work that is being done is still the same. My prayer is that we do not despise the process. That we long for healing, and freedom that no matter how long it takes the gardener is welcome! That we will be a living sacrifice, and remain malleable in His hands. That our hearts and minds will be willing to let Him go to some deep, hurtful, oozing, sensitive places. That we receive His loving touch. That we no longer beat ourselves up for what happened, what did happen, and what is happening in our lives. He is a merciful God, and His grace is sufficient for you. You have to receive it! Let Him do this work my beautiful sister. I love you, and may your garden be restored with the living water!

FaithLenae Brooks