When I prune, I cut out all the unhealthy parts of the plant, I cut off all those little "sucker" canes that take away from the growth of the main canes and I cut off anything that is dead. Those spindly legs wouldn't support new growth very well, and without pruning, when the summer heat comes, these plants would be more susceptible to damage, and I'm not sure how many flowers I would get. As harsh as it seems I have to cut all that stuff out so this plant will be healthy and more productive. Does this make you think of your own life and what the Lord may be pruning.
The Lord will often bring to mind a spiritual application when I am out working in the garden. As I was pruning away at those roses I was thinking of the different ways the Lord has been pruning in my own life the last several years. Our life looks so different now then it did 10 years ago, we have had lots of pruning going on! He tends to prune through trials in my life. We have had to deal with health issues, family issues, job and financial changes, each trial revealing another wrong heart attitude or behavior that needed addressing (pruning) and repenting for, (and so many times the same issues keep turning up over and over again) I am sure as long as I have breath there will be pruning that will need to be done but, I have a faithful "vinedresser"
Pruning may seem harsh but I love the results in the garden(the yellow roses not mine) I don't much like pruning in my life either, but I want to bear much fruit, so that he may be glorified, so let the pruning continue.
Hopefully I will have some photos in a couple months of some beautiful roses from those plants i just pruned, my prayer is that the pruning in my life will reflect the same beauty for his glory.