I have been making some lovely things in the woodshop lately. My husband and I have been taking scrap lumber and making bowls out of them.
While I was making one, I was using a belt sander to form and shape the outside of the bowl, I noticed that the sandpaper kept creeping off where it should be, and I had to keep re-adjusting it. While doing so my finger got smashed pretty good. I thought it received a break, but it sustained a severe sprain. Now my finger is wrapped in bandages and is on the mend, thanks to the good Lord.
I thought about what happened in the woodshop and thought of how God takes a piece of "scrap wood" that is destined to head for the fire and starts by taking it to a tool to cut and shape it. Then binds the pieces together in a different shape to start creating a useful vessel. Then, with His hands, He takes that soul to the belt sander to smooth and form that new vessel.
When I had to continually fuss with the sander and ended up having an injury, I thought of the Lord having to continually fuss with His tools, His servants, that are resisting to work properly. Do we cause harm to the hands that are trying to form another soul by our resistance to be used by God?
God, forgive us for resisting to be used for shaping other's lives and ultimate hurting your hands in the process.