|Ditch Your Tumbleweed Experience
By Greg Sanders
Jeremiah 17:5-6 God’s Message: “Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight. He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows. 7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts bearing fresh fruit every season.
God paints two pictures of people. One is like tumbleweed that gets blown from here to there and the other is a fruitful tree that produces fruit in every season. One is dried up and lifeless and the other continues to produce life year after year. Which do you think is the picture God desires our life to exhibit?
This picture is especially meaningful to me personally because I sincerely desire my life to produce fruit in every season. This includes the good seasons and the bad seasons and the young seasons and the older seasons. God lets us know the way to move from being like tumbleweeds that are blown by the winds of life to being like productive trees, and it is by putting our whole trust in Him.
How can we ditch our tumbleweed experience and experience God’s transformation into a tree planted by the water?
Step 3: Trust God to sustain you.
Between the promise and the place that God has ultimately called you there is often a process. I love having great processes in place, but I hate going through them myself. Jeremiah lets us know that we may go through some dry seasons but we can be sustained even when we have no power in ourselves.
Worry drains you but trust sustains you. Tumbleweeds get dryer and dryer but a rooted tree keeps getting sustained. One person said, “We like to think that worry works for us. It reminds us what needs to get done or it motivates us to get to the next step. But the truth of the matter is this: worry works on us; it doesn’t work for us. It will steal life and create relational difficulties. Until we get something that works better than worry, we are going to keep worrying.”
Jesus said in Luke 12:26, “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 27″Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28″But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
You ditch the tumbleweed mentality by starting out on the journey God has called you to walk in full confidence that He will sustain you every step of the way.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t let worry blow you off course. Stay on course by trusting God to bring your needed provision to the place where He has called you to journey.