I Ain’t Afraid of No Tumbleweed
An icy breeze stung my face as I stepped out of the grocery store. Glancing up at the pale sky, I thought about how this late fall weather resembled what I’d grown used to living in Illinois the past 28 years. Then something scratchy brushed against my leg, reminding me that I’d moved out west to high desert country. A tumbleweed blowing across the parking lot had wedged itself against my shopping cart.
That evening I wondered, Exactly what is tumbleweed? I did a little research and learned that tumbleweed is not one particular plant. According to Wikipedia, “a tumbleweed is the above-ground part of any of a number of plants that, once mature and dry, disengage from the root and tumble away in the wind.” I soon grew accustomed to seeing these round skeletal objects that often got stuck against fences, fell down basement window wells, and sometimes ended up in flower beds.
One morning on a neighborhood walk, I encountered an usually large tumbleweed that took up the entire space in front of me. I decided to move it so it wouldn’t block the sidewalk. The thing was so big, I had a hard time figuring out how to grasp it. And I had to be careful of the numerous sharp points sticking out. But once I got a good grip, I felt amazed that it weighed almost nothing. I felt like Superwoman as I tossed the monster out of the way.
Now since I believe that God often teaches me lessons through nature, I spent some time thinking about this one. And looking at the photo I snapped of what I saw that day. So here’s the moral of the story: the next time you’re walking down a path that God has set you on, and you encounter an obstacle blocking your way, don’t panic. Ask God to help you get a good grip on the situation, pray for strength, and then toss that monster out of the way.
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including The One Year Women of the Bible and Designed for Devotion, which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.