The Sandpaper Days


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Some days it simply hurts to exist - whether it be physical or emotional pain.  Is there any rhyme or reason for our pain?  And how in the world can God use the days in our lives that hurt so very much? 

“I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days. Job 27:6

What I am finding hardest in this life are the little things.

Yes, I know that the big things, the ones that sneak up on us and slap us in the face, are challenging.

But somehow, it seems easier to rise to the occasion for the big things.  The little things, the ones that seem to happen over and over, or are just too small to seem to be made much of, wear me down.

There are a lot of little things that need to be done since my husband died.  Things like getting the grass cut, the bills paid, finding paperwork, the laundry, all the little things that make up day-to-day life.

I get tired just thinking of them.

And then there are the physical things.  Not humongous, awful pains, but the day-to-dayness of my knee feeling swollen and aching, my back being temperamental, the annoying rashes I'm getting, never getting to the point of feeling "good."  They all seem to take a toll that somehow adds up.

I'm coming to realize that these little things are a lot like sandpaper.

There are coarser grains that get you start with after the initial shaping has been done. And then one  changes the grit of the paper time after time until you using a very small, almost imperceptible grit to get the smoothest surface possible.

Sometimes I think God works like that.  There are the big things in our life that help mold us - and then there are the little things - those day-to-day things - that help polish us - refine us - help us to become more and more the person God wants us to be.

For me, I need to remind myself that these are sandpaper times.  The huge chunks and gouges that have taken place lately, need refining - smoothing - polishing.

I'd not want to be a creation full of rough edges.  I want to have that smooth finish that doesn't hurt either myself … or others.

I'm realizing it takes a lot for that to happen with me.

A lot of small, annoying, nagging things - but things that have a purpose in my life.

And I think I'm giving a new name to this chapter in my life.

These are undoubtably,

"The Sandpaper Days."

Father God, Thank you for the things, big and small, that shape us into who You have designed us to be.  Help us to hold on through the sandpaper days as well as the days when the larger shaping of our life is taking place.  Help us to remember that we are always, always close to You and being conformed to the likeness of your image - the image we were created to become.  Amen and amen.

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