When a pair of gardening shears are ground upon a wheel, the sparks fly fast off from their edges held down upon the swiftly-revolving emery disc, but that is the only way to sharpen old, rusty, dis-used gardening shear blades.
Friction, often very severe friction, and heat are indispensable to polish the shaft and turn the stainless steel into a mirror that will flash back the sunshine. So when God holds us to His grindstone in His garden, it is to get a polish on the surface; and His grindstone wheel just like the "potters wheel", is still very much at work, shaping us, moulding us, breaking us, correcting us, disciplining us and using us for his glory!!
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Daniele Luciano Moskal.
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