Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. I love how the huge flowerheads look like pom-poms. It only takes one billowy big bloom to fill up a vase with beauty. I chose this as my wedding flower for its simplicity and since then, I’ve been filling my home with them both in art form and in vases.
What I’ve come to realize? My spiritual nourishing is a lot like a freshly cut hydrangea. For several years, I’d bring beautiful hydrangea bouquets home and once they started to wilt, I would think that was the end of their life-cycle and toss them. I later learned all the flower needed was to be dunked in water and trimming on the end. Life would return to the flower within minutes. Submerging the flowerhead in water for 45 seconds and pruning away the dead end of the stem immediately returns the vibrant blooms. You can continue cutting the stem back each time the flowerhead withers until there’s just enough stem to let the blossom float in a vase. Aren’t our lives like this sometimes too? You can restore your beauty like a hydrangea.
We hit a little bump in the road, feel a little discouragement, have a hard day and our spirit begins to wilt. If we let it continue our spirit can wither and we nearly feel dead inside. But if we seek Him, give our troubles to the Lord and ask for pruning, we are completely restored thru Him.
We learn through John 15:2, “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.”
Pruning extends the life of my hydrangeas, and God’s pruning extends what He has planned for me. Pruning is such an important act for our walk in faith. God is pruning me by leading my choices, forgiving my sins, helping me remove bad habits, teaching me moderation. God has removed people from my life and put people in my life. He prunes me and returns life to my wilting soul.
In the third verse of John 15, we learn God not only prunes us, but he also cleanses us, refreshing our soul. “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”
The blossoms of the hydrangea are completely restored to their beauty with a little care and pruning. Just as my scissors cut the stem, God prunes me. Just as fresh water brings life back to the hydrangea, God’s word brings life back to me.
If you’re feeling down today, I encourage you to give your troubles to God. Confess your sins and ask God to prune your life. Submerge yourself in His word. He will breathe life back into you and restore your beauty.