According to Wikipedia, “an Adirondack chair is a type of chair favored in rural, outdoor settings. The precursor to today’s Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903. He was on vacation in Westport, New York, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and needed outdoor chairs for his summer home. The original Adirondack chair was made with eleven pieces of wood, cut from a single board, with a straight back and seat featuring wide armrests, which became a hallmark of the Adirondack chair.”
I have always loved Adirondack chairs – they look inviting, no matter where you see them. When I found one on sale, I bought it. It was plain wood, so I sealed it the first couple of years. Then, I decided it needed something more and I painted it white.
The chair has moved from place to place – by the fire ring, in the herb garden, under the oak tree. That’s where I like it the best, under the oak tree. It is also where the squirrels like it the best. If you want to rest a spell, you’ll need to sweep off the walnut and acorn shells from the breakfast crowd.
The chair is sturdy and beckons anyone who passes to sit down, lean back, and sigh deeply. It is there for whatever happens along. Need to rest? Need to tie your shoe? Need to look really pretty for a picture?
Life goes by too quickly. Or perhaps it is just us going by too quickly trying to accomplish too many things in one day. Moments of rest are waiting for us, if we simply stop, look, and take a moment to enjoy life.
“Come and sit” beckoned the empty chair as I rushed quickly by, “relax your bones, close your eyes, exhale those heavy sighs.”
The day ahead stretched oh, so long, I ached to rest while. To watch the birds, the trees, the clouds and remember how to smile.
And as I sat, I felt His arms of peace and comfort sure. With strength renewed and hope regained I know I can endure.
I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”