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Work Of His Hands

Updated on April 22, 2011
"Woodworker" by Barry Thomas
"Woodworker" by Barry Thomas

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands” (Psalm 138:8).

I noticed how my friend would drag an old, ugly chair around his home. It served as a stepstool to retrieve groceries in the upper cabinets or sweep spider webs high above. I got to examine that rundown relic up close. The finish was badly weathered. The joints were worn and unstable. Deep scars from misuse told a sad tale. I offered to restore the chair. Instead, it was willingly given to me as a gift. In my workshop, I turned the chair over only to find an old paper label still nailed to the backside. As I wiped the dust away its lost purpose came to light: Manufactured by High Point Bending & Chair Co., Pattern No. 5515.

I discovered that the chair had a maker and pattern number indicating that it was designed for a specific purpose. I stripped what was left of the old finish, sanded it down to the original wood grain, sealed the wood with a penetrating protective coating, and stained it back to its beautiful walnut finish. The chair was restored to its former glory and serves the purpose it was created for—not as an unstable stepstool but as a sturdy desk chair.

I take comfort in knowing that God will not forsake me. His steadfast love endures and restores my true purpose in life. While he may sometimes have to strip and sand and seal and stain me, I will finish the specific work he created me for.

© 2009, Gicky Soriano. All rights reserved.


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    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California

      heart4theword - thanks for the visit and comment. All blessings.

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      9 years ago from hub

      Nice Analogy!! Love the pictures you find too, for your sites:)

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California

      TimeHealsAll and JGelineau,

      Indeed God is the Repairer of our broken lives. He will ultimately restore our purpose - the reason of our being. Thank you both for stopping by for a visit.

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      9 years ago

      This was really something I needed to hear today. It doesn't matter how worn we become, He can restore us back to the form he intended us to be in.

      Thank you so much.

    • TimeHealsAll profile image


      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Another inspiring hub Gicky! God makes all things new! No matter how broken or battered we may feel God will restore us and make us whole. keep up the good works!!!

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California


      The ministry of restoration - it's a blessed ministry indeed. Know that I am praying the Lord take notice of the yearning in your heart. That you may purposely restore others as you yourself have been restored in his time. God bless the ache in your willing heart.

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      9 years ago


      This really speaks to my heart - I long to be in a ministry of restoration - I know the Lord will place me there in His time. the reason I long for it is because I am that chair. I was created for a purpose and even after the Lord brought me to Himself I was removed from His blessings and found myself being in a place where I knew I was not fulfilling my calling -and He has come along and taken me out of the dust and brokenness and has RESTORED me. I know when He opens that door for ministry, which I think is at the brink even as I write, I will be ready - shiny and new - not unstable -but strong in purpose for His glory.

      thank you thank you for this hub

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      9 years ago

      A stirring message!

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California

      Ken, DeBorrah, and Mary,

      Thank you for greeting me this Sunday morning with your words of encouragement. God bless you guys!

    • marygarrison profile image


      9 years ago

      What a great analogy between the chair and our lives! Thank you, Gicky, for reminding me that God will not forsake me, and there is a greater purpose for me, then just enduring difficult times. I think I’m still in the ‘sanding’ phase, and it is most unpleasant.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Gicky Soriano,

      Wonderful, delightful story of insightful wisdom!

      Thank you for sharing!


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      Ken R. Abell 

      9 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      A very rewarding read, Gicky. Wonderful illustration. Thank you for sharing.

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California


      I truly appreciate your comment. Thanks and God bless you.

    • kaloomba profile image


      9 years ago

      Excellent hub.. Thank you for sharing it Gicky!

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California


      Your comment is most generous. Thank you for stopping by.

    • RevLady profile image


      9 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A delightful hub with a wonderful message. I enjoyed reading it.


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