A French friend of mine and her daughter recently sat through this fish spa treatment. These tanks are filled with small hungry Garra rufa fish who gently suck off the dry and dead skin on the feet. Although this treatment is popular in Asia and Europe, it is banned in some US states because of concerns over health and safety. But some say the risks are minimal and the resulting soft smooth skin is worth it. For my ticklish feet, this is not even an option!
Our verse today refers to the pruning of vines to produce more and better grapes. But the idea is the same; that old dry dead growth needs to be removed before new growth can be produced. The One who does the pruning in my life is the Lord. He does not want me to be content with the fruit He has already produced. He wants me to cooperate with His pruning shears in order to produce more fruit that is richer and more excellent.
Pruning does not feel so good. It is a painful process. Just after pruning the plant does not look so good either. But He knows just where to cut and how much. When the Lord allows the hard times to come, He has in mind to produce new growth in me. There is purpose in the pain I feel. It is not for discipline or as a consequence of sin. Instead He is using all the negatives in my day to produce a beautiful and fruitful life.
Thank you Lord, that I can trust You with those pruning shears.