While I was praying I had a vision of an olive tree. It was beautiful. It had a thick healthy trunk, but it was different. There was a branch on the left and a branch on the right, but the middle was missing. What did this mean? I especially wanted to know because I was praying for unity.
While Rob took the kids on a bike ride a couple of days later (thanks honey!) I had some alone time to really pray and ask God to guide my study.
Without looking up any scripture references I began reading my bible. I came across this scripture:
Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, though a wild olive branch, were grafted in among them and have come to share in the rich root of the cultivated olive tree, do not brag that you are better than those branches.
Romans 11:17-18 HCSB
I am NOTHING without Christ. HE puts breath in my body. I can’t even brush my teeth without HIS help.
I am not better than anyone else. If I think I am, I have a problem. As my Mom would say a “heart problem.”
In studying the Olive trees I found the best time to prune them is after winter and just when the tree is starting to produce the first fruits of the season.
We have gone through the “wilderness.” It was a long “winter”.
During this “winter” you have been seeking God and spending more time with Him. You are able to hear God’s voice clearer. You are walking in the spirit as you are putting your flesh down daily (it’s hard some days) God is bringing you through. You entered a new season. You’re experiencing new and exciting things in God.
Now comes the pruning.
One prayer I’ve tried to pray everyday this year in 2020 is, “God help me see me the way you see me. All the good. All the bad. All the beautiful. And yes… All the ugly.”
Growing closer to God requires the removal of toxic things.
God has done it. He has revealed to me some things He needs to cut out of me (and I’m sure I have a long way to go) Embarrassing things… Like self-doubt, discontentment, jealousy, and comparing myself to others. How toxic!
He has brought things to the surface I didn’t know existed. I could then pray specifically and ask the Lord for His help.
For every ugly thing he revealed in me, He has shown me so much more beautiful things about me!
He showed me I was worth dying for on the cross. I have great faith. I am a peacemaker. I am anointed for such a time as this. I am effective. I am hopeful. I am a “good” mom. I am striving to become a Proverbs 31 woman. I do hear the voice of God. I am led of the spirit. I am joyful. I do trust in Him. Thank you Jesus!
Back to the olive tree, I found there is a special technique to pruning olive trees. It consists of pruning the center of the tree. So the tree gets more light for more healthy growth.
When God prunes us he removes old branches. Old traditions. Old mindsets Old habits. Only then we are able to grow in new areas and new ways. (Not changing the message, of course, Acts 2:38.)
You are producing fruit, but God is not finished yet. He is pruning you so you have the opportunity to grow even more, which means more expansion. More fruits of the spirit. More love. More anointing.
You can’t produce oil without being pressed.
Our attitudes can get us in trouble. His word says to “humble yourself”.
It would be ever so nice to skip the pruning process, but we wouldn’t be all what we are called to be and we wouldn’t be ready for what God has in store and that’s not part of God’s plan either.
We can’t go from point A to point D. We are in a process. We are on God’s time. Not our own.
When we try to figure out the details, we move from the dimension of faith to the dimension of hope. We walk in FAITH.
We have to wait on God when he says to wait. While we wait we put our COMPLETE TRUST in Him. And give him FULL CONTROL in our lives.
Stay busy in His presence. Give God 100%. Stay faithful. Stay consistent in prayer and fasting.
You will make it through! God has a specific call for everyone. When you find it, it’s exciting and it’s the only thing that satisfies.
Stay content in the process. Stay humble. Stay kind. And you will go far!
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Psalms 1:3 HCSB
Prayer to pray: Lord help me see myself the way you see me, all the good and all the bad. Help me learn to reflect.
I believe the vision God gave me was the picture of a healthy Olive Tree after it had gone through the pruning process.
What are some beautiful things God is revealing about you? What are some things He has helped you realize He is not finished working with you yet?
Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear from you in the comments.