Tumbleweeds versus God’s Direction

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.

thRCW0ADN1Tumbleweeds 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)



15 thoughts on “Tumbleweeds versus God’s Direction

  1. Such truth Ellie! We do need to be so careful what influences we allow into our minds and hearts, and we also need to reach to Jesus and allow Him to help us speak and act in a way that’s helpful and not hurtful to others. Thank you for this!


  2. Thank you! It is always so good to hear from you. Sometimes Christians are so adamant about being right they forget that only God knows everything. I really pray I uphold the expression, “In essentials, unity – in non-essentials, liberty and in all others, charity.” Something’s we’ll only find out in heaven so why argue now? Blessings,


  3. I really like the tumbleweed analogy. When I lived in Oklahoma I had a neighbor who would hang tumbleweed from her ceiling during Christmas and decorate it with ornaments. She called it a tumbltree.


  4. This is very good advice. I had to ask my adult children to forgive me for my lack of grace at times when I was raising them. And I enjoy strong loving relationships with them today. Never too late to implement these truths into our lives.


    • Thank you Wendy and I am so grateful that you restored your relationship with your children. It does take a lot of inner strength to admit weakness and ask forgiveness. I praise God that you had that resolve. Don’t be too hard on yourself however, for there isn’t a parent alive who wouldn’t want to go back and have a redo over something, 🙂 Blessings,


  5. I need help. I did search your blog before asking…I’ve been reading about drinking water. some articles say you have to drink 8 glasses a day, some say it depends on your weight, and another article said you can count any liquid…not just water. Please set me straight!


    • Thank you for asking me and I’d be happy to help you. Look in the search engine under “Stay Hydrated this Summer” In that blog I write a great deal about the good qualities of water and why it’s necessary to drink it.

      Basically anytime one adds an element to water it takes longer to break it down into a useful form. If you are trying to lose weight attempt to get 8 glasses or place an orange,lime or lemon slice for flavor. Look over the food blogs and you’ll probably find flavored waters with other fruit and vegetable combinations or herbs for interest. Hope this helps for the time being and when I have time I will drop you a email if that’s okay with you? Never Give UP! The first steps are the hardest but I believe you can be very successful! Blessings until then,


  6. When people show they hurt Ellie we know they are hurting, some don’t leave the Church but that does not mean they have resolved why they were hurting and so they too hurt others, we need to take our hurts to Jesus before they lead us into sin and we go to the person who has hurt us and rebuke them as the Scriptures confirm below, it is not Love to allow them to go on hurting us or others without a conscience of the wrong that they are doing or Satan will get a foothold and lead them into bondage.

    Luke 17:3-5 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the Apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

    But If our enemies don’t repent, we still forgive them and it is why we too must put our flesh to death, people will provoke us and hurt us and this is why we are to aim to be perfected in Love but this is not about worldly perfection as you shared Ellie, it is not possible to measure up to it’s demands which keep changing but the Perfection we need is Gods. So good Ellie you Love the Scriptures they always confirm His Truth.

    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

    2Timithy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, where to we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.


  7. Hi again Ellie, I have being sharing with Katy and passed on your advice but as I was praying for her, I felt her motivation to drink comes from Post Traumatic Stress caused through the suffering she witnessed as a Nurse, she is a very caring , sensitive woman and I now believe she has never resolved the pain she felt, some Doctors and Soldiers experience the same degree of trauma and so do children who have been abused, I had nightmares for years.

    Please continue to pray for her that she will accept God’s healing and not be frightened of Him as some others are because of wrong teaching.

    Blessings – Anne


  8. I keep thinking Ellie about your Allegory of the Tumbleweeds, which was very good as you said ….They thrive in the desert and serve no purpose, even though they are still God’s creation and as you found they are also a good illustration of our need to Trust in God but also of a person who continues to sin, they scratch others, meaning they hurt them and also plant seeds that continue to hurt and leave scratches, it is why as confirmed in the Scripture below, the need for us to put our flesh to death, a tangled mess of hurt can’t forgive or be forgiven, they build a wall that stops God forgiven them, it’s bricks are made of bitterness and resentment.

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    Romans 8 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    I wrote a message about my need to forgive Ellie that may encourage you if you have time to read it, Tumbleweeds for sure!

    Rescued- http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/rescued-from-the-graveyard/

    Christian Love Always – Anne.


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