Have you ever taken on a woodworking project? I started a project recently and it's been hard work. Very interesting, but definitely hard work. Drawing up plans. Measuring the space. Reworking the plans. Double checking the measurements. Gathering the tools. Gathering the wood. Taking that first cut and don't forget the sanding. Lots and lots of sanding.
Sanding it hard work. Some of the edges take an easy touch where the pressure needed is light. Other edges have giant splinters that have to be taken off. Rough spots that have to worked and worked and then reworked some more. You can't just sand haphazardly either, first this way and then that way. No, you have to sand with the grain of the wood. It's an important technique to 'go with the grain' in order to get a smooth result.
As I was taking off the rough edges on a piece of wood, I began to talk with God about my own rough edges. What rough edges are you working on with me God? The answer was swift and sure. (LOL! God is Good!)
Snarky! Yes, I can get snarky and sharp. It's not pretty or polite. It's downright rude. My 'snarky abilities' can be very sharp and extra rough at times. Especially when I'm tired or frustrated, which only exacerbates and increases the splinters in my rough edges.
God has been bringing this 'rough edge' into focus for me lately. I can feel the challenge from the Holy Spirit as this 'rough edge' is exposed. I am definitely getting some sanding work done.
It's a hard process to go through, but everybody needs to have their 'rough edges' touched up every once in a while. Sanding off our rough edges is definitely a part of God's plan. Don't worry, God does good work. It may feel harder at times than others, but God has an elegant touch. He knows all the best techniques to use to get a fabulously smooth result
Has God been talking to you about doing some sanding on any 'rough edges' lately? Dig into the project and do good work. Sanding is definitely hard work, but the end result will be a beautifully smooth finish.
Hebrews 12:11 MSG
"At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God."