The Dead Branch

Recently I woke up to my dog vomiting in the bed. Unfortunately this is a rather common occurrence because he has the most sensitive stomach out of any dog I have ever meet. I said “he keeps chewing on those dead branches and it is making him sick.” Like all dogs he likes to chew on things but he has a habit of chewing on the wrong things.

In my half awake state I just kind of moaned and rolled over. But it my head I was thinking about how God tells us he prunes the dead branches in our lives. For me, my medical career was a dead branch and I had been biting at the dead branch for a long time trying to severe it. It was making me sick just like my little dog was sick from chewing on dead branches.

So what did it take for me to eventually get ride of the dead branch? It took a another person, to come beside me and say here let me get ride of that for you.

I guess the important lesson for me was that God often uses other people to trim our branches. For without someone else to come and prune us we often cannot get ride of it ourselves.

I have had a lot of dead branches in my life. Some of them I was aware that it was a dead branch and some of them I was completely blinded. God has sent a variety of people to trim my branches and I am thankful for their assistance. But I do have one complaint to some people’s methods for trimming my branches. For one, God is not about force, therefore we should not trim branches without someone’s consent. Secondly, trimming branches can be painful, kind of like performing surgery. In our modern world we have counselors and doctors to prescribe medication to make the process of trimming the branches safer, less traumatic and more effective.

So to those who are aware of a dead branch in their life may God lead you to a safe place to have your branch trimmed. To those who know someone who needs help trimming a branch, may we never attempt without consent and may we use discretion through God guidance on whether it is safe to attempt trimming the branch without modern medical care. Amen.

“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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:1-4

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