UncategorizedThe Chair I Prayed For April 4, 2014 Yeah, I know. It’s not good to pray for stuff. I totally agree. But y’all, I was desperate. When I found out I was a contestant on Creating with the Stars, I prayed for the results and my involvement to be exactly what God wanted. I struggled with my ideas this first week. I journaled a prayer and then got my idea not long after. All was right with the creating world. I had my desk. I had my tie-dyed curtains. I had my rug and accessories. I had a project that I was proud of, regardless of the outcome. What I did not have was the perfect chair. I pictured a neon yellow chair. I just knew that it would “pop” against the other neutral and pale hues in the room. I wanted something different, something unexpected. I searched thrift stores for a chair with a shape I loved that would look good with a new, neon coat of paint. But as of Saturday morning, when the post was due only hours away, I still had no chair. I was stressing. I was ready to take anything and was being very dramatic and thinking, “The wrong chair will just ruin this whole room!” And then God quickly reminded me that, as He has proven to me in big things and small, He would provide. Not because I wanted a chair and I think I should always get what I want, but because I believe He’s brought me this contest for a reason and the little missing chair was a part of that. I quit searching and came back to work on the room. Meanwhile, my mom was shopping at my favorite antique store. She sent me a picture and a caption that read, “Vintage Wire Chair. Looks like you.” I wasn’t sold initially, but then she sent another one with the cushions removed. (These photos were later at my house. The original phone photos were very dark.) We figured out that you could remove the armrests and I was more than sold. This chair was better than anything my office-dreaming mind had come up with. I hoped for a chair something like this: cool, vintage, unique shape. But I never dreamed I’d find it and I was ready to take any surface that could be painted and plop it in the room. And then my little dream chair came to live with me. I quickly gave her a coat of primer and then a coat of Rust-oleum’s Fluorescent Yellow. And just as I expected, it completed the room. I love my little neon chair and I love even more the meaning behind it. Each time I see this beautiful chair now, I’m reminded that God has a purpose for my blog and for these creating talents and interests He’s given me. I know it’s just a chair, but God has been teaching me to find Him even in the smallest of things and this chair is such a great reminder of that. As I said on my About page, I used to really struggle with thinking that God cared about anything that wasn’t feeding the homeless and very tangibly changing lives. Certainly he couldn’t care about my love of design or this little blog. But He’s shown me over time that He has a purpose in ALL things, including my talents and work and using that to glorify Him. And His purposes are always bigger than anything I imagined. So, though I feel weird to say it, I prayed for the right chair because I knew it was crucial to my office design for the contest that I really believed He’d brought to me for a very specific reason. Whew, that’s confusing just to type! But He provided. It may be silly to some, but to me, this little prayer chair will always be special.