Shortly before Mark and I left on our trip across America, I was taking a morning walk through my neighborhood. The night before a big wind storm had roared through our area, and as I walked I noticed little branches from the trees scattered across the street and lawns.
I realized it was deadwood, branches that have died and are contributing nothing to the life of a tree. The wind made short work of them.
What Deadwood Is God Knocking Out of Your Life?
The storms in our life can serve the same purpose. There are things I am dragging around with me that are weighing me down while contributing nothing to my overall health and life. I’ve noticed that when I’m going through a hard time, God usually prunes the deadwood from my life.
It could be a bad habit I need to be rid of, a relationship that is toxic, a commitment that is no longer God’s will, a job that is passed its prime, or something else. During this process it may feel to me that my life is littered with the remnants of things I once (or still do) value. But if I cooperate with God, I’ll soon feel lighter, more energetic, and ready for something new to replace the deadwood.
Don’t despair! Make room for what is next.
Charlean M Croxton says
Are you in Deadwood, South Dakota? South Dakota is my home state.
Loved the deadwood article. God is pruning me right now in a few areas.
God bless you Jane. Have a safe trip. Charlean
Jane VanOsdol says
Hi Charlean! I didn’t know that’s where you were from! No, we are actually in Alabama. Today we are leaving from Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City, AL, and heading to Childress, Alabama. So glad you liked the article. I’ll be interested to hear what’s being pruned and if there are new things coming. Love you, Charlean!