Week 5 • Day 2 • Ponder

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.
Job 1:21 (NIV)

A few years ago I felt a bit lonely because I didn’t have many writer friends. I desperately wanted mentorship and fellowship in an area of my life I treasured. And while I did have a few friends, those friendships just seemed to fizzle or end. No major event … just done.

I asked God why and I felt a nudging that said, “Why does this worry you so? They can’t go where you’re going.”

I didn’t really know what that meant, but I instantly knew to relax. To trust God to fill whatever void I was feeling when the friendship’s ended, and to believe God pruned them from my life for good reason.

Pruning usually hurts. Even when we know it’s good for us, just the thought of letting go can be terrifying.

Usually because we’d rather have less than God’s best than nothing at all.

And what that really means is that we don’t trust God to provide for our emotional, spiritual, relational and financial needs.

Today feels like a good day to ponder what in our life needs to be pruned.

It hurts, but only for a time. And it’s the only way to truly bloom.