With the wind blowing chills down my back, I scurry inside and sigh with relief at the wonderful warmth of our home. The smoke smell from our enchanting wood furnace is still on my nose as I shake off the cold of the out-of-doors. It’s evening and all I want to do is dash up stairs and cuddle into a warm blanket with a book in hand. And I do just that. There’s nothing better than curling up with a soft blanket in on of your favorite cozy spots!
Something I always love to do is settle in somewhere and write. I’ll write anywhere but at home I have some special nooks. (Because why not?)
This fluffy chair in my room is a perfect perch someone who’s looking for a place to relax and read. Cheery Christmas lights, a delightful view of the cows grazing peacefully, and two smiling stuffed animals always invite me into this comfy spot!
But it’s not the only place I love to be.
My favorite cozy spot, is in fact, my workshop. Two summers ago I had a wondrous idea! I decided to fix up a little room in our garage for my writing and crafts. I finally got around to it a year and a half later. And I’m enjoying it thoroughly!
True to its name this is more of a workshop then a cozy hang out. Yet despite the slightly drastic temperatures, (it’s pretty cold in the garage this time of year) I love my little workshop.
And (you artists will agree) one of the best parts is that no matter how messy this room gets all I have to do is shut the door, go to the house, and pretend the catastrophic disaster in my workshop doesn’t even exist! (It’s the fast type of cleaning I’ve ever done!)
Stuffed with art supplies, tools, books to read, and piles of filled-up note books, my workshop is full of collections!
And I love it that way because I want this room to fit my crazy, science/history-loving personality.
I think it fits quite well.
What I Learned From My Workshop.
But something I’ve learned from my little workshop, (besides a cleaning trick) is that life is more important than things or places. I love my home. And I am so thankful for all the blessings God has filled my life with. But life is not all about cozy spots and my favorite things.
After all, life isn’t always cozy. In fact, sometimes I think life feels as cold as an arctic wind chill. But that doesn’t mean life is bad. It just means it’s cold and not quit like I wanted it to be. One such day, a few weeks back, I came into my workshop and happened to look at a quote book I have sitting happily on my desk.
It read, “God is more interested into making you the person He wants you to be than giving you what you want.”
That wasn’t really what I wanted to read right then. I wanted something more like, “Things will turn out just like you want.” But the truth is, they don’t always. Sometimes God’s plan and mine run in opposite directions.
It seems to me that life is like art. In art you ever quite know how things will turn out. I always have a plan in mind when I’m making something. But between my mess ups and new ideas, my crafts to never end up quite like I planned. Still, except for occasional flops, the end result is good! And that’s kind of what life with God is like (minus the flops). When we follow God, things don’t always go how we planned. But they always, always end well.
So the next time you settle into one of you favorite, cozy spots, remember that even when life isn’t as comfortable as you want it to be God is still just as good. And His love for us as always safe and sure. Just like art projects, we might not end up doing or being exactly what we planned, but in the end it’ll be better that we let God have His way. ‘Cause God only makes masterpieces!