The Blessing of a Tumbleweed

Once there was a story told about one man’s unusual Christmas. Raised in California in the late 1940s, he described one year where funds were so low that there was no money to buy a tree.

Decorating the tree was what his Mom loved most about the season. That year, she was somber, and nothing seemed to cheer her up. As Christmas got closer, she went to God, made her request, and left the outcome in His hands.

A few days before Christmas, he woke to hear his Mom singing Christmas carols and looking for decorations. When he asked her what had happened, she took him to the back porch and said, “Come and see what God did.” There the boy found a gigantic tumbleweed which had blown against their garage during the night. “But Mom didn’t see a tumbleweed. She saw a beautiful Christmas tree.”

In his story, “Tumbleweed, O Tumbleweed”, Bill Sparling describes the joy of decorating his unusual Christmas tree and his mother’s prayer of thanksgiving for such a wonderful blessing.[1]

How easily I look at less than ideal circumstances and see a tumbleweed instead of a blessing. Instead of seeing masked faces and no smiles, perhaps I should see people caring enough to calm the fears others might have in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak. Instead of thinking about celebrations set aside, perhaps I should be thankful for additional time to ponder the true meaning of this season. Instead of empty shelves, perhaps I could see an opportunity to be more creative with what I have and grateful for the time to do so.

Am I settling for what some call the “new normal?” I’m trying to see it as walking the new path God has set for me. Who knows where that path will lead? Does it really matter as long as the LORD is walking with me? He really has a good plan after all. He said, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

Do you have any tumbleweeds in your life. Perhaps if you try looking at them in a different way, you’ll see something beautiful, something God has planned. And His plans are always good.


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