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It’s school vacation time in Australia, and I’ve been saving some projects for the kids.  Yesterday, we started sanding-down an old, rough, weather-beaten outdoor table.  “This is hard and scratchy” my six year-old daughter said, picking up the 60 grade sand-paper for the first time.  “Right – we rub it back and forth on the rough wood, and it actually smooths it all out,” I explained.  “You mean, it’s supposed to be rough like that?” she asked incredulously.  “Yep.  If we work with the rough stuff we can get it all smoothed out and better than new.  Strange, honey, but that’s how it works.”

Our re-finishing project gave me a whole new view of Isaiah 45:2: ” I’ll make the uneven places smooth.”  What have you gained from passing through rough places?

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