Tumble-Dryers and Tumbleweeds

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

The Apostle Paul writes to the church @ Ephesus reminding them, encouraging and instructing them to keep in their minds just how much Christ Jesus had forgiven each one. Then Paul says, ‘now you forgive one another in just the same way Christ Jesus has forgiven you. Without need of coaching, be kind to one another and compassionate to one another.’

Yet, it seems, many times we are forgiven much and we may even remember that. We are forgiven by the blood of the sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ, and we even remember that. We are given instructions on how to ‘wash and dry’ our behavior after our forgiveness.


The instructions are sewn so securely in our minds by the reading and obedience to God’s Word. The Word says, “hand-wash with kindness and lie flat to dry with compassion.” But, we short circuit the instructions and throw our hope and help in a hot dryer and ‘tumble-dry’ for quick action. Yes, we use a more direct, or convenient, but an improper method for our behavior.

We are much like tumbleweeds, breaking off from the freedom Christ Jesus has given us. Then the wind comes and we get tumbled about dispersing (scattering) our tumbleweed seeds in every direction. We lose sight of peace, joy and love.

Yet, we ignore divine instructions and throw our thoughts into the quick ‘tumble-dryer.” Then the mind floats off into oblivion. A tumbleweed blowing across our distorted minds indicates a deserted situation and emphasizes our awkward dilemmas.

Hebrews 5:14 ” solid food is for the full-grown, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.”

The writer of Hebrews gives us a real clue to wash and dry our minds and keep the tumbleweeds out of our heads and hearts. ‘Keep your senses and mental faculties trained by practicing to know the instructions and following them to the detail.’ Don’t tumble dry when the instructions are lie flat to dry.

Let’s start ’08 with kindness and compassion. Conquer evil with kindness. Give compassion to a fellow human being consistently. Be a giver, freely give. Forgive one another as Christ Jesus has forgiven you.

Happy New Year! Ride into ‘08 with success and ride out with even more success.
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9 thoughts on “Tumble-Dryers and Tumbleweeds

  1. There is a lot to think about in this blog, particularly following directions. As I read the scriptures you gave above and read the verses in the Bible around them I saw that it says to ‘Put on” those tender mercies, kindness. You can’t ‘put on this garment of praise’ if you just tossed it into the dryer and shrunk it. It reminds me of your blog, “Toss Me Aside and I will Toss you Aside”. If we don’t handle the seeds of kindness, compassion, etc properly and plant them then we are planting the weed seeds of the tumbleweed (Websters says: plant (as Russian thistle or any of several amaranths) that breaks away from its roots in the autumn and is driven about by the wind as a light rolling mass)…anger, wrath, malice, lying, etc. And Heb 6:8 says if our ground bears thorns and briar’s it is ‘rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned’. But the blessing of God will be where the good/useful seeds have been sown (Heb 6:7).

  2. I have noticed with the teachings of Jesus it takes lots of care. Also, my nice silks, cashmeres, etc. takes lots of special care. I have been guilty of ruining lots of nice clothes from tumble drying when I should NOT have. If only, I would have followed the instructions given. I read the sewn in instructions. I knew them, but I just didn’t follow them. I suffer the results….

    Luke 5:36-39 “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.

    “Explore daily the will of God.” Carl Jung

    “Be kind and compassionate and forgive as Christ forgave me.” Hum, I better go on the expedition as Carl Jung suggest.

  3. You are sooooo right Sara….the teachings of Jesus does take lots of care….if we dont take care of what we have been given …we surely do ruin it….I really thought on this blog…being a sewing person I know some of the results of the wrong care of certain materials….and only a perfessional can take care of cleaning certain types of materials….and if the perfessional says clean it this way….well…like your blog says when it says dry flat dont tumble dry it………I was thinking about the wedding feast in the Bible when all the guests were dressed and stunning and just alll gorgeous and one man was spotted over in the crowd and he didnt have on his wedding suit(garment)…..Maybe he srunk it and just couldnt get it on….I may have taken this a little far…but when we try to do it our way…even when we know better…the results like you said….just doesnt effect us….it scatters abroad…….I think Ill join you on that expediton….dj

  4. In this fast paced life, it sure is easy to take the “quick route”, and just drop those clothes in the dryer and be on our way. It takes a lot longer for that shirt to dry, when it has to lay flat to dry. I think I see a key word here?? I think PATIENCE comes into play? If we take the time to let that shirt dry flat, we will reap the benefits of having a shirt that still fits. God tells us over in Colossians 3:12 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” God, help us to clothe ourselves in 2008, with “tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”, so we will reap the benefits of receiving your forgiveness.

  5. Matthew 25: 34-46 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked , and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visted me.’
    37” Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did I ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thristy and give something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?
    40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
    41 “Then the King will turn to those on his left and say,’Away with you, you cursed ones into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me in you home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
    44 ” Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?
    45 ” And he will answer,’I tell you the truth, when you refuse to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
    46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
    Matthew clearly states the importants of kindness and compassion to others. We should begin the year 2008, with Matt.25:34-46 in our hearts. Let’s go feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, show hospitality to a stranger, cloth the naked, care for the sick, and visit the prisoners. We certainly want to be on the right side of our King and not on the left side. Let’s stay on the RIGHT side in 2008. Happy New Year, making this a better year than 2007.

  6. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” John 8:-34-36: Message
    “Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.

    We are set free from the bondage of sin, fear, lack, sickness, worry, and cares.

    Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

    Gee, I just can’t understand why we want to break off from Christ and go tumbling off like a tumbleweed.

  7. I have thought long and hard about the tumbleweed. My mother use to say, he or she is a tumbleweed – no focus, no goals, no obedience. The tumbleweed is just blown about by their own desires. They feel trapped by so called religion and rules so they just do there own thing, bouncing from one thing or idea to another.
    They seem to never have experienced Galatiians 5:1. It seems what they fear is the reflection of themselves in the mirror. They think it couldn’t possibly be themselves and label it religion and they run and run. How sad!!! They run from God instead of to God. Satan can really mess with the mind. If they accept Jesus as Lord and Savior they would find that the burdens they carry will one by one be lifted. This will take time, patience, an elongated drying time. Jesus will lift one fear, lack, sickness, worry, and care from the soggy cloth called self. The individual will experience a freedom that they never experienced before. They will look back and say, “Lord Jesus I never, never want to go back to the way I was, never! I never want to be separated from my Jesus!
    I thank all those who have been influential in my life to point to the right way – Jesus. I’m fortunate to have a great Life Coach who is there on the sidelines of my life pointing the way to Jesus! Run the race, stay focused, be obedient, just run she says. Thanks Sara!

  8. Hey Rena, I think I will give you a hammer and nail, or maybe a paint brush and canvas. I find your words “It seems what they fear is the reflection of themselves in the mirror.” most interesting.

    Imagine looking in a mirror and seeing your ugly thoughts, ugly words, attitude, and heart ‘without a heart’ all singing and dancing and then to shade the colors by thinking it is someone else’s fault. Like people with religion that is loving, kind, forgiving and having peace and joy.

    Psalm 67:1 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon use.”

    I really really really think I need his face to shine on my face to shade my colors and give me a glow. When I view His glow on my face, wrinkles diminish, frown becomes a smile, eyes of tears become eyes of sparks and my nose takes shape and enjoys the fragrance of the day.

    Thanks Rena for encouraging me to continue to ‘hang ten’ and stay in the race. (my son, Chris, was a skateboarder and surfer and I really had to learn a lot about hanging ten.)

  9. Needles, I thought I would take a look at my wardrobe for ’08 based on your suggestions of items one must have for a classic look: Colossians 3:12 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

    Patience being the primary color you focused on and around, I have given a little time roaming around in my closet of words to see just what colors it matched:

    patience: forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, calmness, composure, serenity, tranquility, understanding, indulgence. 2 a task requiring patience perseverance, persistence, endurance, tenacity, staying power, determination, resolve, resolution…

    lose one’s patience: “unable to keep one’s temper”

    My closet needs some organization and new shelves to order my conversations and actions… Joyful are people of integrity,who follow the instructions of the Lord. Ps 119:1

    One of my very favorite people of all times wrote “Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. -Pearl Buck-

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