lifesustainingwater

 

The healing process for a branch that has been pruned is similar to that of receiving a deep cut. Once the cut is made, the branch naturally seals off the wound so that fresh tissue can grow over the wound to prevent decay and disease.

Read this about post-pruning care:

1“Immediately after pruning, trees appreciate a thorough helping of water to help them recover. You should continue watering regularly, increasing water during droughts to prevent water stress, as water supports the new shoots that develop after pruning. You should fertilize as usual to encourage new growth, including those that close old wounds.”

Read that one more time, I’ll wait.

Just as a tree requires extra water after pruning, so we require extra water after OUR pruning.

“Where do I get that water?”, you may wonder, and I’m so glad you asked.

Let’s turn to John 15 for a quick review, starting at verse one.

“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 and I will 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. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me, and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

According to, John 15:1-5, NIV, We bear the fruit He has created us to bear (and more) when we remain in Him. To remain in Him is to receive Living Water.

And, John 4:14 says, But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

In the book of Ezekiel chapter 47 verse 1 of the NIV, we read the account of Living Water flowing from the Lord’s temple, “The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.”

 Joel chapter 3 verse 18 of the NIV,  also mentions water flowing from the Lord’s house: “In that day, the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias.”

Jesus beckons us to come to Him in John 14:10 it says, that Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him. When we come to Jesus, the Living Water that flows out of the temple of the Lord, flows through Jesus and soaks into us as we remain in Him.

In the original Greek language, the word “remain” is meno which means “to abide, or wait.2 To remain in Jesus means that we abide in Him, waiting with Him through the seasons.

So, we know about PRUNING a tree, but do we know about PLANTING a tree?

Do any of you have experience in planting a tree?

To be honest, I’ve never planted a tree before, I’ve planted flowers, but never trees. However, upon doing research, I was astonished yet again by the process.

When you plant a tree, you generally dig a hole that is four to five times the width of the root ball, more than enough so it will fit and give it room enough for the fresh roots to grow without stress. If you place the root ball on a little pedestal, it’ll keep it from drowning in the water. As the water naturally flows deeper into the soil, the roots will follow suit, rooting the tree deeper into the ground.

It’s intriguing to know that roots CHASE the source of water. It’s no wonder you’ll find roots in water lines. Even more amazing, that’s why they’re all over the place and sometimes several feet long!

Turn to Mark 4 for a moment:

  “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times” (Verse 3-8, NIV).

    Sometimes, the Lord will give us a vision and us wiggly wait. We are like the child who has been promised ice cream if we ate well. We can’t get it until mom and  dad are done with their food, so we wiggle and move and chatter endlessly in hopes that it’ll speed up their eating or they’ll give in and go get us ice cream because they’re tired of hearing us and watching us wiggle.

    However, God is so patient to let us wiggle all we want and not give in until it’s time. If He were to give in before it’s time and place us where He’s told us we would be, we would be much like the seed in verses 5 and 6. We would scorch in the sun because our roots weren’t in the soil deep enough, and our soil was too shallow.

    I was gifted a little baby fern that is not yet in soil. Instead, I have it in a cup of water so that the tiny roots can grow for just awhile longer. If I were to take them and plant them in the state they were in right now, it would put stress on them as they tried to grow outside of constant water. Their baby roots wouldn’t anchor them  in the soil very well.

However, by allowing their roots to grow a bit larger, I’m guaranteeing that their stress level will be lower and their chance at survival higher because they will be able to withstand more.

    By that same token, I have to have the soil prepared for them. If I were to plant them in dry soil with little to no moisture, they wouldn’t thrive. If I plant them in soil that has moisture, there will be the proper nutrients that will help the plant survive.

    It is the same for us. We need to stay in His word and close to Him and drink of the Living Water so that our roots will grow larger. During this time, the soil is also being prepared as we grow. Once we are transplanted into that place we saw in our vision, we will have gained the needed necessities to thrive and produce fruit in that season.

 There is never a time we aren’t going to go through the pruning process if we desire to grow. John 15:16 says,“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.”

John 15:2 says:“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.”

As we grow and our minds begin to line up with the Word of God, it will be a fine-pruning or total cutting that takes place. Our previous way of thinking might need to be slightly altered, or altogether cut off and thrown into the fire as we become more malleable.  Remaining in Him is to remain in victory through the pruning.

[1: Ashley Makenzie, “Tree Care After Cutting Limbs,” Home Guides, http://homeguides.sfgate.com/tree-care-after-cutting-limbs-44674.html, Accessed on 28 July 2015. 2:James Strong. “The Greek Dictionary,in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. (Nashville, TN: Crusade Bible Publishers; 161 Strongest #3306),2010.]

Mrs. Taylor Phillips

Mrs. Taylor Phillips

"Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls" (Psalm 42:7).