Our lives are like growing trees.... the end result is to be a full grown, fully developed, well rounded deep rooted tree that others can shade beneath. But getting to that place is a process of ordeals, storms, high winds, scorching suns, dry seasons and the intentional pruning by God.
Pruning hurts. It means letting go of comfortable places, personal things and people. But to truly become who God is designing you to be, means pruning at times.
The Master Gardener sees the entire view of the tree and knows what is just a distraction, or something that is a hindrance, or even something that just is not His plan for the tree.So He cuts.... and shapes.... and removes everything that is not His desire for the tree to grow into. And in time the newly cut off places don't hurt and the strength of the tree grows past the areas that were just sapplings that took away from the entire focus of the growing tree.
The wise tree will say..... "God you are the Planner and the Designer of the Garden and please put my tree in just the right position and place YOU want it to be."
Can you imagine a tree fighting with the Gardener?