Cutting the Curls

I’ll be the first one to tell you not to cut the baby curls–

until your husband makes you, that is.

I think I just know that once they have the first big haircut, that the curls will more than likely be a thing of the past, so savor them. You’ll also be glad that your crazy photographer took lots of detailed shots!

But, as a mom, don’t we love a good haircut for ourselves? In these little years, it’s almost like a day at the spa for me & I love it.

Because, we understand that a fresh cut means fresh, clean, and newly growing hairs (even if some of them have started turning gray)!

Sometimes we have to cut the curls for new growth. The things we love & cling to. The familiar. The comfortable. The normal. Sometimes we have to allow the Lord to prune, or cut back, the older pieces so that He can make space for the new fruit.

In John 15, Jesus says that,

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.  You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.  

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

Isn’t it true that our best fruit typically comes after a season of “pruning”? Peace, patience, gentleness…I’m not sure about you, but those fruits of the Spirit have been molded & formed most when I live through a season of change, discomfort, and a lot of times pain.

It’s so easy for me to white knuckle the change (because deep down, I despise it), but when I submit to His words & remember that if I truly do remain in Him & I truly do want to be more like Him, I have to allow Him to garden my heart– to prune the distractions or bad habits and finally, to trust that on the other side, I will bear much fruit– less like me and more like my Savior.

That’s a fruit worth cutting for.