Anyone who has ever watched old western movies is familiar with tumbleweed. Those are the dried up bushes seen rolling across the arid landscape subliminally indicating you are entering a lifeless, abandoned ghost town.
Tumbleweeds thrive in the desert where I live. Unfortunately they serve no purpose except to scratch one’s car if you are unfortunate enough to come across one on the highway. They are useful for nothing but the trash pile. They are a tangled bunch of dead stiff branches that can never be revived, even with the nourishment of water.
As they scatter however, blown by the wind, they leave their seeds along the way to germinate. If they fall on good soil they’ll prosper and grow once again. So like Christians, who if not anchored to a solid foundation, tend to be blown without direction and die out. God wants us to blossom through the Word of God. Let Him be our solid foundation.
Tumbleweeds tend to congregate in piles and thus seem to rally around their own dead worldly existence. Any congregation who follows indiscriminately without knowing Scripture can easily be swayed by false teaching too. Ensure your pastor speaks only Truth. Memorizing Scripture will help build a hedge against inaccurate teaching and the Holy Spirit will help us discern fact from folly.
Tumbleweeds carry spiked bristles and must be handled with care. Tumbleweeds display no soft edges to entice others to want to be around them. Like some church members I have known in the past, who, being so cantankerous and set in their ways I didn’t understand the love of God until I was in my twenties. Their professed only rules and regulations.
Don’t get me wrong, I want the Holy Spirit to give me an environment of boundaries. But do you enjoy being around belligerent and picky church members? I don’t. Do any grumpy Christians inspire others to want to be like them? Many potential Christians on the other hand, will turn away from church and even Christ himself, because of a church member’s bristling remarks. Negative, spiteful, unkind speech can literally destroy their very soul! So let’s be aware of our attitudes.
We all make mistakes for no one but Christ is perfect. As a parent, do your children see the love of Jesus in you? Or do they see only human rules and regulations? Do they feel they must be perfect because you rarely praise if they are not? Let’s be clear, I am not saying to be a doormat, for you control the household. Let’s use Jesus earthly life and His Godly professions as our parental yardstick. Jesus forgave Peter for betraying him, so why shouldn’t we forgive those we love?
This worldly field is tough for our children with all its lurid enticements. Stand fast and allow your children to see Truth flourishing within God’s Grace. Don’t let your children be worthless seeds that are strewn along life’s path. Find solid ground in God’s Word and in His Sanctuary.
“He answered, “The one who planted the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world. The good seed stands for the people who belong to the kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who plants them is the devil.” (Matthew 13: 37-39a)