Working on the lathe can teach me a physical trade while also a moral lesson. When I work on the lathe, I have to do it right or I mess up: “If you do mess up, don’t give up!” Keep working on it and I will succeed at make something beautiful.
The lathe can be related to life. I can be a raw piece of wood with a rough, hard exterior. When hardships come, I get twisted around and bits of my splintered edges chip away. In time I am smoothed, ready to be carved into something useful by God. God will twist my life more and chip away at everything that would draw me away from Him. Once those parts of me are made raw, God will use His tools to sand and polish my spiritual soul, and I will be the perfect example of His workmanship. He will use me for His purpose, and when I feel I get over used and dry, I need to go to church and read His Word so that I am oiled and polished and ready for His use once more.