I don’t know about you but in my own wood working projects the least fun part has to do with sanding.
Even when I use a belt or hand sander there is simply a fair bit of work, dust and mess in the process.
Now as I build cigarbox and found-object guitars, 99 percent of the time at very least (even with metal bodies) I’m using wood for the neck… so sanding is a certain part of the work.
Of course when using some sort of wood for the body sandpaper helps keep things nice and smooth. Well, when you finally finish and rub in stain or some other sort of liquid finish, paint or whatever…
Most wood working involves 2 or even 3 or more grades of sandpaper… and sometimes steel wool. If using one’s hands and arms and not some sort of mechanical sanding machine I can tell you it’s a great process for building strength… but also a bit of pain if only done with a sanding block (hunk of wood one wraps the sandpaper around) especially if done over an hour or more depending on how much wood must be smoothed.
Now- the end of the work is SWEET!
But whew, to -get- to the end is at least for me, a bit unfavorable.
The obvious spiritual association in reality is sometimes called “dying to self”, God’s hand on our life via difficult circumstances and via people we may not want to be around.
Our climate (it’s getting HOT in Chicago as I type) or perhaps non-answers to prayer (at least -when- we want ’em) and on and on it goes… all of these are useful tools in the hands of a loving Father Who knows EXACTly what we need in terms of our own rough edges and areas where when others reach out they may well get a splinter or two!
Another point is that when using any sort of stain and or finish, unless enough care and time is taken in the process sanding marks and other blemishes become obvious and even accented. Not good.
Genuine love is sometimes like sandpaper. When we need it most we may run from the process -I cannot deny the pains of true love.
But as a guitarist, what a wonderful feel on a neck that has been shaped and fully sanded smooth. Like a little baby’s skin, it’s amazingly soft and one can speed up and down such a guitar neck very quickly due to the long and careful work of sanding.
There is pain and effort, patience and not-so-fun stuff involved in the process… but what a great result!
We must learn to accept this part of God’s hand shaping our life. His patience and timing are exquisite. It’s not always a pleasure for us -but the end result is amazing and truly a gift for God, ourself and others.
Thanks for stopping by and considering, -Glenn