Friday, February 24, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Grit

Several years ago I spent a summer with my Dad in his wood shop building an oak bookcase.  He spent hour after hour with me over many days teaching me how to read directions, “measure twice, cut once,” and use the tools.  One of the tools he taught me how to use was an orbital sander.  I also used handheld sandpaper at various stages in the project.

Sanding is a necessary process.  Sometimes it is needed to remove an unwanted layer on the wood, like old paint or varnish.  Sometimes it is used as a finisher…to remove splinters and make the surface smooth and even.  Sandpaper comes in different types of grit, ranging from coarse to fine.  A skilled carpenter knows how to select the type of grit and use appropriate pressure to achieve the desired result.

I am reminded that while He was on earth, Jesus was a carpenter.  I am so thankful that He knows me inside and out and knows when I need something removed, need to be prepared for the next step in His plan, or just need some smoothing and refining around the edges.


  1. I stopped by from 5 minute Friday. Feeling your pain!

  2. Oh heeeey I just looked at your picture in your sidebar. Julie Nevue from Relevant! I am the Miller's neighbor! Nice to 'see' you again!

  3. Thanks for stopping by! It's nice to "see" you too! lol :0)

  4. Julie, this post was really special. It sounds like your have special memories of your Dad teaching you. I especially like your spiritual application on how our heavenly Father know what needs to be removed and prepared for the next step in His plan.

    Thank gave me some things to think about.

  5. How does the carpenter know when the finishing work is complete? He uses strong reflected light and the touch of his fingers. Psalm 119: 105 says His word is light! Job in the middle of his adversity said, "...He wounds, but His hands make whole", Job 5: 18.
    A carpenter may say, "the defect is too great, I'll start over" but the Great Carpenter says, "...I will never leave you nor forsake you", Heb. 13:5.
    It is a challenge to live according to the light and also to rest in the healing hands of Christ.

  6. Thank you for your comments and Scripture verses, Dad! You make a good point about it being a challenge to live according to the light, and yet be able to rest and be at peace. That, to me, is a picture of walking in faith. :)