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Beauty in Brokenness



"But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands, so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." Jeremiah 18:4 (NIV)

 

Have you ever heard of the Japanese art of kintsugi? It's a beautiful practice that involves repairing broken pottery with gold, silver, or platinum lacquer, turning the cracks into intricate and shimmering lines of beauty. The philosophy behind kintsugi is something that resonates deeply with our Christian faith.

 

We often encounter brokenness– moments when we feel shattered and scarred by our mistakes, pain, and challenges. During these times, we can find solace and inspiration in the concept of kintsugi. Just as the broken pottery is not discarded, we are not discarded by God when we're broken. Our brokenness becomes an opportunity for God to work His healing power.

 

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NIV), "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." This verse beautifully portrays our lives as jars of clay – fragile and susceptible to breaking. However, within us resides the treasure of God's presence and power. When we face difficulties, we might feel broken, but we are never beyond repair in God's hands.

 

Imagine yourself as that piece of pottery, broken and damaged by life's trials. God, our divine Kintsugi artist, doesn't discard us. Instead, He takes our broken pieces and carefully applies His grace, love, and mercy to heal and transform us. In Jeremiah 18:4 (NIV), God says, "But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." Just like the potter reshapes the clay, God reshapes our lives, turning our brokenness into something even more beautiful than before.

 

The kintsugi process involves repairing the broken pottery and highlighting the mended areas with precious metals. Similarly, God doesn't just heal our wounds; He uses our scars to create something more valuable. Our spots become a testimony of God's grace and power. Even in our brokenness, God works for our good, weaving together a story of redemption. (Rom. 8:28)


So, my friend, as you ponder the art of kintsugi, remember that your brokenness doesn't define you. God's love and healing transform your scars into stories of His glory. Just like the repaired pottery becomes a unique masterpiece, you, too, are being crafted into a beautiful testament of God's grace.

 

Take a moment to reflect on the cracks and imperfections in your life. How can you see God's hand at work, repairing and transforming you? Embrace your brokenness as an opportunity for God's light to shine through. And just like the gold-adorned lines of kintsugi, let your scars become a source of inspiration and hope for others.

 

In our journeys, we are never alone. God is the ultimate Kintsugi artist, shaping, healing, and making everything new.


Prayer: In our brokenness, we turn to You, the divine Potter. As the potter reshapes the clay, we trust in Your ability to transform our broken lives. Even in our brokenness, we're never beyond repair in Your hands. Thank you for the promise, assuring us that You work for our good in all things. Our brokenness becomes a canvas for Your redemption, turning scars into a testimony of Your grace and power. As we reflect on the kintsugi process, grant us wisdom to see Your hand at work, repairing and transforming us. May our brokenness become an avenue for Your light to shine through, inspiring and bringing hope to others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


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