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The Pruning

Bougainvilleaby baldilocks

In my back­yard, there is a bougainvil­lea bush at the north­west cor­ner of the prop­erty. My neighbor’s garage sits on the west bor­der and, a cou­ple of years ago, I attached a wooden trel­lis to the wall of it, in order to feed the vines of the bush through so that it would grow along the wall.

To facil­i­tate this, I’ve had to guide some of the vines into the trel­lis, and cut away other vines which grew along the back wall or in a direc­tion which they could not be guided where I wanted them to go.

One year, I made the mis­take of cut­ting off too many branches at one time and the bush went into shock. I thought it might die, but my min­is­tra­tions nursed it back to health. I had learned my les­son: only a cou­ple of clips every few days.

This morn­ing, as I was sit­ting in my back­yard drink­ing cof­fee and pray­ing, my eyes lit upon the plant and it occurred to me that this is what God does with us when we accept Jesus the Christ as Lord and Sav­ior and when we allow Him to order our steps. He leads us in the way He wants us to go and cuts off the paths that are not of His will. Some­times the sun­der­ing of these paths will be painful but He knows how much prun­ing we can han­dle. And, He will always be there to get us through the pain.

Through this train of thought — of med­i­ta­tion on the nature of God — I was also reminded that the Enemy is an imi­ta­tor of God and that his imi­ta­tion is always a par­ody – and also, that the Enemy’s ser­vants behave like their father.

We can take this and apply it to what we see hap­pen­ing to our coun­try. Every insti­tu­tion of our gov­ern­ment and soci­ety is being hol­lowed out by these ser­vants and used as a weapon against the peo­ple of the United States. We used to be able to rely on these insti­tu­tions, but we can no longer. Doing the will of their father, the ser­vants cut off old avenues of redress and destroy pre­vi­ously solid foun­da­tions in order to push us in the direc­tion they want us to go.

But, where our Father acts with love, they are imi­ta­tors of their father in that they act with­out love. They are lop­ping off every branch as fast as pos­si­ble, push­ing us in the direc­tion which will gar­ner their ulti­mate objec­tive: not love, but power ovbaldilockser all things and all people.

How­ever, some­thing always hap­pens each time the Enemy thinks he has God’s peo­ple cor­nered; God rides to the res­cue pro­vid­ing an out — under two conditions.

1) God’s peo­ple have to ask Him to be delivered.

2) God’s peo­ple have to be obedient.

Trust of and faith in God is implicit in both.

So what are you going to do about the many-​pronged attack? I know what I’m going to do. Trust, have faith, lis­ten, and then…act based on that.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

Bougainvilleaby baldilocks

In my backyard, there is a bougainvillea bush at the northwest corner of the property. My neighbor’s garage sits on the west border and, a couple of years ago, I attached a wooden trellis to the wall of it, in order to feed the vines of the bush through so that it would grow along the wall.

To facilitate this, I’ve had to guide some of the vines into the trellis, and cut away other vines which grew along the back wall or in a direction which they could not be guided where I wanted them to go.

One year, I made the mistake of cutting off too many branches at one time and the bush went into shock. I thought it might die, but my ministrations nursed it back to health. I had learned my lesson: only a couple of clips every few days.

This morning, as I was sitting in my backyard drinking coffee and praying, my eyes lit upon the plant and it occurred to me that this is what God does with us when we accept Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior and when we allow Him to order our steps. He leads us in the way He wants us to go and cuts off the paths that are not of His will. Sometimes the sundering of these paths will be painful but He knows how much pruning we can handle. And, He will always be there to get us through the pain.

Through this train of thought—of meditation on the nature of God—I was also reminded that the Enemy is an imitator of God and that his imitation is always a parody–and also, that the Enemy’s servants behave like their father.

We can take this and apply it to what we see happening to our country. Every institution of our government and society is being hollowed out by these servants and used as a weapon against the people of the United States. We used to be able to rely on these institutions, but we can no longer. Doing the will of their father, the servants cut off old avenues of redress and destroy previously solid foundations in order to push us in the direction they want us to go.

But, where our Father acts with love, they are imitators of their father in that they act without love. They are lopping off every branch as fast as possible, pushing us in the direction which will garner their ultimate objective: not love, but power ovbaldilockser all things and all people.

However, something always happens each time the Enemy thinks he has God’s people cornered; God rides to the rescue providing an out—under two conditions.

1)      God’s people have to ask Him to be delivered.

2)      God’s people have to be obedient.

Trust of and faith in God is implicit in both.

So what are you going to do about the many-pronged attack? I know what I’m going to do. Trust, have faith, listen, and then…act based on that.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!