“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
– Ephesians 2:10
Kintugi is a type of Japanese art. Often used on pottery, it is a process in which the artist takes a piece of broken pottery and mends it using gold dusted lacquer in all the cracks. The idea is that the brokenness becomes part of the history rather than something to hide or disguise. It is made into a new kind of beautiful. And one of my favorite things about this art is that no two pieces can be the same. It really is an amazing thing.
I have never identified so much with a pot in my entire life.
“The brokenness becomes part of the history rather than something to hide or disguise.”
I know the difficulty found in looking at all the broken pieces of life and seeing nothing salvageable. I have felt the rush of the fall and the pain of the break. In my seasons of pain, each morning I would gather up the pieces and give them into The Lord’s hands, praying desperately that he put them together again and help it all just stay together for once. And it is in those moments that I’m unable to see that He is creating a masterpiece. An intentional work of art that is made from these broken pieces. Jesus is making us whole and beautiful not in spite of our struggles, but through them.
Jesus is making us whole and beautiful not in spite of our struggles, but through them.
I was reminded of this recently:
If Moses were not given up by his mother, the Israelites would have remained in bondage for who knows how long.
If Joseph hadn’t been betrayed and imprisoned, he would not have found his place as king of a nation.
If David had not been rejected and attacked repeatedly, Israel would have missed out on a king after God’s own heart.
And finally, if Jesus had not suffered the cross, we would not have this salvation and boldness to approach Him. We would not have a promise to cling to such as we have because of what He did.
Just like in Kintugi, one piece at a time, The Lord is turning our pain into beauty. He uses our history to write His-story.
I pray today that The Lord would use my story to help or bless someone I come in contact with. All of my life for His glory, amen.
“Then I heard The Lord asking, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ And I said, “Here I am. Send me!”
– Isaiah 6:8