This seems so obvious and makes you wonder why Jesus even asks this seeming ridiculous question to a man who has been disabled for 38 years.
Perhaps there is a deep lesson for us here.
Is it always obvious that a person wants healing from something toxic in their life? Logic tells us we want to get well, yet how many of us stay in and with something that robs us of life because, quite frankly, we are afraid to let it go. It is, after all, a very part of our being. We have allowed it for so long and fostered it to become, at least in part, our very identity. But it is not who we are; seeing ourselves and each other thru the eyes of YHWH’s agape is to look straight thru to the immense value of the precious jewel that is at the core of every person, including yourself.
The pruning in John 15 is not a cutting away of distractions from the outside, but rather the removal of what inhibits our moving forward from the inside. The very wood of the branch must be trimmed away in order to let the sap flow freely from the vine all the way thru and result in greater growth. Some of us need more trimming than others. So what.
Do you really want to get well? Be free of addiction? Be free of needing to be well liked or thought of by everyone? Be free of beating yourself up all the time? What are you willing to commit to? What are you willing to allow God to prune in order to get to that place of freedom? What are you holding on to with your kung-fu grip and not willing to give up for God to heal you and fill you with His peace? [actions, habits, or thoughts]