Precious Pumpkins

Stanton Studios is located in Central Texas…in the woods.  They are an art company that specialize in wood, glass and metal, including blown glass.  In the fall, they make blown glass pumpkins for visitors.  I made an appointment one day and our search for the precious pumpkins began.

Driving down a country road, we talked about…about nothing really.  “Minecraft passenger” was aggressively looking for Atlantis at the bottom of ocean world. “Book-reading passenger” was lost in another world.  As we drove deeper into the woods, the pilot and co-pilot were wondering if this pumpkin trip was still a good idea.

When we arrived, we were warmly greeted, carefully instructed and perfectly coached.  One at a time we watched our color choices melt into the hot, hot glass before it was transformed into a precious pumpkin.  The experience was fascinating and satisfying.  We created our own precious pumpkins with our own breath.  Magical.

But it really wasn’t magic that made our precious pumpkins. It was the artist.  The man in the warehouse that had worked long hours, many months, and years to master the art of blown glass.  He made the experience seem effortless, but we know it took a lot of effort on his side of the experience.

Our lives are like the precious pumpkins.  God is the artist. Some days life just seems magical.  We enjoy the people around us, the fall colors, hope, joy, and peace.  But it is not really magic that we are experiencing. A lot of effort created the opportunity for us to freely live everyday.  Because we are precious pumpkins to God,  Jesus made a way for us to experience “magical” days every day. These days may be available, but we often live with agendas in our tents that prevent us from the full experience of life.

If your happy tent is looking to experience a little more hope, joy, and peace, here are a few tips that helped us create our precious pumpkin adventure:

Availability: First, make yourself available for an experience…a precious life experience.  This may mean that you will miss a few gatherings, games or meetings.  It may even mean that you leave the dirty laundry in the hamper and the dishes in the sink a little longer (Don’t worry your friends will still love you and the work will be there when you get back). Simply making yourself available for something different causes you to hurry less and focus more on what is truly precious around you (Hint…it is not Minecraft, work, phones or books).

Show up:Talking about something is one experience.  Doing something is another. We knew about these precious pumpkins for a while, but kept finding reasons to not go. What have you wanted to do for a while?  Get on the road and do it…even if you have to travel through the woods to get there!   Leaving our comfort zones and trying something new can be uncomfortable or even frightening.  But for all that we lose, look how much we gain.

Experience it:  Creative moments are full of potential.  Creative moments help us experience the color and the depth that life offers.   Creative moments make space for better conversations and insights. Everyone in your tent is a precious pumpkin.  As long as we have breath, we have the opportunity to breathe life into  the people around us that is full of creativity, hope, joy, and peace.  Together, discover an experience that takes your breath away.

When our precious pumpkin patch was complete, we noticed the beauty in each pumpkin and the beauty in the pumpkins together.  Each pumpkin is shaped differently and colored differently.  On our dining table, they look good together.  They are precious pumpkins in this precious life.

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 1 Colossians 3:1-2

From our Happy Tent to Yours,

Meredith Bell

P.S. Stanton Studios also makes Christmas ornaments if you are looking for a way to experience your own creative moment.

 

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