Looking at my apple trees, I see the pruning job I did last winter seems to have been beneficial by removing “water spouts,” damaged limbs, and excess wood. And all the cuttings were run through my grinder/mulching machine and placed in the composter, now ready for use!
Proper pruning is like a form of art. (My words) Hah! If you look at my apple trees you might think I used a chain saw on them. Yet I don’t want the trees too tall and, although most are of the dwarf variety, some are not.
There are at least two reasons fruit trees need pruned. The first is that pruning concentrates the strength of the tree on the important parts: namely the blossoms and eventual fruit (apples.)
The second reason for me is; I don’t like to climb ladders anymore to pick any kind of fruit so I keep the trees short so I can stand on the ground and pick them! Hah!
I thought my peach tree was going to die last year because I had NO peaches so it was not pruned! It looks very healthy this spring with new leaf and blossom buds forming, yet it looks like a rat’s nest!
And it is quite tall. Two years ago I had to put a cargo tie-down around the limbs so the huge number of peaches did not split the limbs off of the trunk. I hope I have that same problem this year!
Well, I have gone on longer than most of you care to go with pruning my fruit trees yet there is a reason I have done so!
No! I’m not kidding! There IS a reason and it pertains to this past Lent, Easter and the days moving toward Pentecost!
During Lent we were asked to strengthen the gifts we each have developed over the years! We were asked to look at new areas in our spiritual life! And we were also asked to find where we are in our relationship with God Almighty through the life of Jesus Christ!
And I suggest some, maybe most, had to let go and remove some of our thinking or acting in order to grow closer to following our Lord and Savior in our personal lives and/or the world around us!
In essence, we are asked to “prune” our very beings; to remove that which keeps us from being children of the Most High! And to take away all that is worthless to our growth. To place as much emphasis on the pure fruits of the Spirit!
You see, all this preparation will culminate with the acceptance of the power of the Holy Spirit, given to each of us on the day of Pentecost!
The season of “pruning” is nearing the end and after Pentecost we are again responsible for what we do in the name of Jesus, the Christ of the Ever-living God.
This is from FaceBook:
“Old ways do not open new doors! They just take you back to places you should not go!”
So get out your virtual pruning shears and make a closer walk with our Lord!
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!