Scripture to Read
I went to pick up my daughter, Charleigh, from gymnastics camp. I was about 10 minutes early and if you know me, you know this is very surprising. As I was sitting there waiting with my toddler in the back–> clearly unhappy that she could not get out. I started thinking about why I’m usually late.. I don’t like being early. I don’t like to wait… Waiting annoys me. Waiting frustrates me. Waiting is my nemesis.
At that moment a friend sent me a sweet text to thank our Women’s Bible Study Group for including her friend because she hoped it would help her as she moved back home (to another state).
Immediately the Holy Spirit showed me how we all have a part to play- big or small. Our mutual friend was with us for such a short time and hopefully we, as a group, were able to plant a seed. Now God can send a harvester and nurturer into her life. It made my day because all day I was struggling with “waiting”.
Waiting to know what comes next. Waiting for Alex to finish residency— in 3 years. Waiting to see the fruits of motherhood. Waiting to feel important. Waiting to make a difference.
Her text to thank our group– was an answer to an unspoken prayer. It was God’s way of reminding me how much we all matter. How each of us have purpose and a difference to make- somehow, some way.
In John 15, Jesus tells His disciples that He is the Vine and we are the branches. In verse 2, He tells us that, as branches- extensions of Him- we are going to be repeatedly pruned in order to bear more fruit.
The wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay. Wait and See
Prune means to cut off what is dead.
Trees and vines cannot thrive if there is decay and rot. To grow and make progress we are to remain rooted and established in Him (Colossians 2:7).
Each one of us is imperfectly in progress, wild, wonderful and in process.
We have to allow God to do a work in us before He can do a work through us. Wait and See
I love how our God is the God of details, process and order. He cares about our everyday, ordinary. That’s where progress is developed, ordinary becomes extraordinary and small things becomes big growth.
I truly am trying to be on time and get places when I’m supposed to be- one choice at a time, one day at a time.
God is pruning me for whatever He has planned next. I need only surrender and be still. Waiting is not easy for me, probably like most people, but there’s process in the wait. I’m learning— always learning.
I invite you to join me in the pruning season to be primed for completion, maturity and joy (James 1:2-3).
Do what you know to prepare for what you don’t know. Wendy Pope, Wait and See
Research & Define
- Abide/Remain (depending on translation):
- Who is the True Vine? the Gardener? the Branches?
- Why do you think Jesus says that even if branches are bearing fruit they must be pruned?
- How does God cut off or prune in your life today? What are the results of His pruning?
- What does it mean to bear fruit?
- How do we abide in Jesus?
- What does remaining/abiding in Christ look like for you?
- It’s to God’s glory that we do what? (John 15:8)
- What areas do you feel like God is pruning or removing in you so that you can bear more fruit?
- What command does Jesus repeat more than once? Why? (John 13:34-35; 15:12,17)
- What does this passage reveal or teach you about God/yourself?
1 John 4:7-21
Write out a prayer based on what you’ve studied in John 15. Let scripture be your words of praise and prayer.
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