The way we see ourselves is often radically different from how God sees us. We look at our past and our mistakes and think we are broken. Beyond repair. We look at the wounds that continue to hurt and fester and think that things will never change.
But we have to remember the beauty of God’s creation. He made the skies, painted the sunsets and sunrises and called them good. He placed each star in the sky and gave them a name, and called them good. He made the animals, and all of creation and called it good.
He made man, knowing in all of His infinite wisdom that we would be broken people, and still, He called us good.
There’s an ancient Japanese art of pottery making that deals with broken pieces. When a piece of pottery is broken, the pieces aren’t tossed in the trash can. They are lovingly collected and put back together using seams of gold.
To the potter, the shattered pieces represent beauty. As the potter carefully places each piece and fills in the gaps with expensive gold, he sees the beauty and worth of his artwork. No longer is it just a piece of pottery…it’s a valued treasure.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
I like to think that the ancient practice of kintsugi is how God puts us all back together. He lovingly picks up the pieces and sets them in place with the utmost of care, using His grace, mercy, and love to bind us back together.
And how much more beautiful we are after we’re restored!
The Lord is near the brokenhearted.
How has God taken your brokenness and restored to beauty?
I’d love to hear in the comments.