Changes in Your Circumstances
If you turn it over and don’t let go of it, you will be upside down—AA Slogan
When You want my attention,
You know how to get it.
There are times when I feel
Like You aren’t really there,
Like You don’t really care,
Like my life has little meaning, value or purpose.
Then, through my circumstances,
You shake me to the core, and I am undone.
That’s when You begin your relentless pruning.
At first, I don’t recognize what is going on,
And I cry out, ”Why me, Lord?”
I don’t like what is happening,
And I resist Your efforts to make me
Into the person You intend for me to be.
I want to be your man,
Strong, resourceful, and successful,
But I want it to come easily, with little effort,
But it never does—not for me, anyway.
I chafe, as You prune my immature ways,
With precision and focused determination.
When I recognize what is occurring,
I bow me knee and acknowledge,
That Your hand has been hard on me,
But Your purpose has never wavered.
When You have finished, You seem pleased
With what You have pruned, knowing that
I will become stronger, more fruitful person.
I am the vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (John 15:1-4)