Want What You’ve Got! (papasan)

papasanI have wanted a papasan chair for as long as I can remember. It sounds silly (maybe shallow) – I know. I have a house full of chairs and couches and cushions, but there is just something irresistibly inviting about a papasan seat.

I’ve always been able to dismiss the thought of purchasing a papasan by simply looking at the price tag. While not costly in the world of furniture, I just haven’t been able to justify the buy. After all, this would be my chair! And isn’t it ridiculous for an adult to buy a chair that she has no intention of sharing?

Weeks ago I nearly tripped over a papasan frame while second-hand shopping. This particular store doesn’t tag their items, but when I was given the opportunity to buy it for $10, I simply couldn’t resist. I took my prize home and hung it in the garage until I could earn enough points on my credit card for a soft, cuddly cushion from Pier I. Almost two months after squeezing the generous frame into my little car, I sat down in my very own papasan chair for the very first time.

I don’t sit down much. With work commitments and family activities and church functions and errands to run, it’s extremely rare for me to stop moving long enough to sit during the day. But the first time that I sat in my papasan chair, which is tucked into the limited space between my bed and my bookshelf, I covered up with a scandalously soft blanket given to me by a friend and I closed my eyes. And fell asleep.

Do you have a place where you can go to simply rest ?

As ridiculous as it sounds, when I sit in just about any other chair in my house, I am unable to rest. I see the piles of laundry to be washed and folded. I see the books I should be reading for the groups I’m leading this week. I see the computer where dozens of emails wait to be read and responded to. Rarely am I able to sit for more than a few minutes before my to-do list trumps my need for silence, and reflection turns into production once again.

Each time I take a break from my driven, scheduled way of life to sit quietly in my chair, I can’t help but Want What I’ve Got.

Would you believe that Jesus advised His followers to find their own papasan chairs?

Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Matthew 6:6 The Message)

When I sit still in my papasan chair, bringing only myself (and my blankie) before God, shift happens. Some days it takes longer than others, but eventually my self-centered thoughts are replaced by the comforting presence of the One whose grace I most desperately need and whose gifts I am most thankful for.

Today, why not curl up somewhere cozy and be your quirky self in the presence of God? Make Him your focus so that grace may abound!

Daily Questions: Look around your house today – is there a place where you can minimize distractions and take time out to be still as you get to know God? What would it take for shift to happen for you? Want the space you’ve got by redeeming a nook or a cranny! Some folks I know have a Grace-Space in their homes where family members can go and not be interrupted – a chair or a corner where a Bible or a blanket or a candle are kept for use in quiet moments of reflection and prayer.